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:
Don Giovanni by Mozart
La Traviata by Verdi
Carmen by Bizet.
Lohengrin by Wagner
Faust by Gounod
Aida by Verdi
Pagliacci by Leoncavallo
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.
The large paperback book & hardcover is approximately 12.25" by 9" and is 1" thick.
Piano arrangements by Albert Sirmay
Translations by George Mead
Music supervisor: William Steinberg
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