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Pelleas et Melisande - English National Opera Guide 9 (includes libretto)

Pelleas et Melisande - English National Opera Guide 9 (includes libretto) $22.99

Claude Debussy

Published by John Calder Publications

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

In this Guide to Pelléas, Maeterlinck's play is reprinted in full, so that the opera-lover can read the scenes that Debussy did not set to music

Hugh Macdonald's much praised English translation is published here for the first time, with an essay uncovering the musical roots of Pelléas and illustrating its importance to music of the twentieth century

Alain Raitt, author of several studies of Symbolist writers, evaluates Maeterlinck's status as a dramatist, and Roger Nichols analyses the score

Proust's short pastiche of the opera and Arthur Symons's review of the first English performances challenge us to come to terms with this eternally intriguing masterpiece

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'Brilliantly produced and superb value' ~ Sunday Times

'All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for though' ~' Daily Telegraph

'Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series' ~ TLS

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