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Four Last Songs
Author: Linda Hutcheon

ISBN: 9780226255590
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 29 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
Aging and creativity can seem a particularly fraught relationship for artists, who often face age-related difficulties at a time when their audience's expectations of their talents are at a peak. In Four Last Songs, Linda and Michael Hutcheon explore this issue through close looks at those who created some of the world's most important and influential operas.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813?1901), Richard Strauss (1864?1949), Olivier Messiaen (1908?92), and Benjamin Britten (1913?76) all wrote operas late in life, pieces that reveal radically individual responses to the challenges of growing older. Verdi's Falstaff, his only comedic success, combated the influence of Richard Wagner by introducing young Italian composers to a new model of national music. Strauss, on the other hand, struggling with personal and political problems in Nazi Germany, composed the self-reflexive Capriccio, a ?life review" of opera and his own musical legacy. Though it exhausted him physically and emotionally, Messiaen finished at the age of seventy-five his first and only opera, Saint François d'Assise, whi...

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