Opera Bouffe or Light Opera might better be used in this title than ""Musical Comedies"" (or did I see an incomplete galley...

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OPERAS AND MUSICAL COMEDIES

Opera Bouffe or Light Opera might better be used in this title than ""Musical Comedies"" (or did I see an incomplete galley proof?) For in the main, this follows established patterns of virtually a digest of opera librettos, a precis of outline and argument of the main grand operas -- and light operas- of the outstanding German, Australian, Italian, French composers. Each opera brief is prefaced by a paragraph on the composer and his place in opera history. Verdi and Wagner have more of their works included than any others. There are a few moderns,- Korngold, Krenck, and one or two others. Is there a place for another such book? Or is its very compactness -- covering around 35 composers- its chief recommendation?

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crowell

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1946