Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera, and the composition he is said to have loved the most. Elizabeth Forbes introduces the background and composition of the opera, written and revised over the years when Europe was caught up in the Napoleonic campaigns. Basil Deane’s musical commentary is the fruit of a life’s study and devotion to the work. The last contribution is an extract from Ernest Newman’s translation of Romain Rolland’s classic study of Beethoven the Creator.
Contents: Introduction, Elizabeth Forbes; Fidelio: an operatic marriage, Basil Deane; Leonore: an extract from Romain Rolland’s ‘Beethoven the Creator’, translated by Ernest Newman; Fidelio: Libretto after Bouilly by Sonnleithner, Breuning and Treitschke; Fidelio: Lyrics by Tom Hammond, Dialogue by Rodney Blumer
All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought.
The Daily Telegraph
Brilliantly produced and superb value.
The Sunday Times
Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) remains one of the most famous and influential composers and pianist of all time. His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct and perform even after becoming completely deaf.