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Sadie, Stanley (Author & Editor); Langridge, Philip (Contributor) & Other Contributors. THE BILLBOARD ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OPERA. New York City, NY: Billboard Books, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 320 pages. As New/As New.

One-volume encyclopedia on subject. Published as part of the now-legendary Series on various musical forms, genres, and traditions by Billboard Books. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "From 'Don Giovanni' to 'Wozzeck', Purcell to Glass, Goethe to Brecht, and Callas to Bartoli, this book offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to the history of opera. Organized chronologically by era, it begins with the roots of opera in classical times and ends with the numerous changes in style and subject in the 20th century. General Editor Stanley Sadie draws on the expertise of a wide range of professional writers, educators, and musicians to place the rise of the operatic tradition in its social and cultural contexts. Unique to this encyclopedia are the six thematic strands developed throughout the book: Opera Houses, Stage and Scene, The Voice, Technique, Performances, and Popular Melody, which allow readers to read sequentially or to follow a single theme" (Publisher's blurb). Other than the late Stanley Sadie, there was surely no one else (except the retired Andrew Porter) who could have pulled this off with such grace, measure, and lucidity. Best-known and revered as the General Editor of the ultimate reference/guide to classical music, the 30-volume "Grove Dictionary of Music And Musicians" (2004), Sadie was also Music Critic for The Times of London and Editor of The Musical Times. A glorious aria to the greatest musical form ever invented in history, this is a "must-have" title for all lovers of classical music. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings. This is the only copy of the true First Edition available online (number line beginning in 1) and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. All other copies available online are subsequent printings and many are remainder-marked or have major flaws. A rare copy thus. One of the finest guides on opera. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0823077217. $70.00

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