A Treasury Of Grand Opera Vintage Book Music Scores by Henry W. Simon
A Treasury of Grand Opera edited by Henry W. Simon and illustrated by Rafaello Busoni is a beautifully done book consisting of a compilation of 7 of the best loved operas with musical scores, Including Don Giovanni by Mozart, La Traviata by Verdi and Carmen by Bizet. This large paperback book comes with a matching hardcover slipcase with the same cover illustration, and a matching colorful 4 page insert explaining the collection with details about why these 7 operas were chosen as well as an introduction from Henry W. Simon.
Each opera features a full page illustration, quite beautiful with a simple 2 color palate. There are smaller illustrations through out all done in black & white. The artist illustrates each scene from the operas with fluid lines and shadows.
All the musical scores are given with 66 arias, duets, preludes etc., with the complete easily playable piano arrangements. Words are in original languages with English translations.
Historical introductions to each opera with a complete cast of characters will make each opera come to life, there are even detailed musical analysis written for the layman.
This is a wonderful addition to your library, or would be a great gift for an opera lover. This would be such a nice gift for Father's Day, My dad would have loved this, I grew up listening to classical music and occasionally operas, he taught me so much about music appreciation.
The additional operas showcased are:
Lohengrin by Wagner, Faust by Gounod, Aida by Verdi, and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.
This collector's book is in very good vintage condition with a small amount of wear on the top edge of the hardcover slipcase (a small separation about 1/2) and along the front the edge left side, there is wear with some loss of the paper. All of the corners shows normal wear with a little bit of the color paper worn away. But the slip case is till sturdy and very colorful.
The Book itself is in very good condition with no writing or tears to the pages. There is very slight separations on the inside cover, from being opened too widely over time, but the pages are not actually separated from the cover. There is a small corner tear on the left of the cover with no missing paper and a 1/8" little tear to the right side of the cover, but these lay flat & is not very noticeable. The back cover has a turned corner at the top left side about ¼" with a few inside pages as well, from being put into the slipcase improperly over time. I have flattened them out and they are smoothing out a bit now.
These slight flaws do not really detract from the beauty of this collectible book. It is a very good edition. There are no flaws to the special illustrated 4 page insert.
The large paperback book & hardcover is approximately 12.25" by 9" and is 1" thick. There are 403 pages.
Piano arrangements by Albert Sirmay
Translations by George Mead
Music supervisor: William Steinberg
This would be a lovely gift for the Opera Buff this Christmas!
Vintage Origin Details
Simon & Schuster Inc.
Book of The Month Club Dividend
Country of Origin
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