n.p. Boosey & Hawkes [PN VSB-157], . Folio. Original publisher's wrappers illustrated with a photograph by Phil Schexnyder. [i] (title), [i] (copyright), [i] (commission, notes on first performance, named cast list), [i] (synopsis of scenes), [i] (characters and setting), [i] (synopsis), [i] (instrumentation), [i] (blank), 236 pp.
"In writing the libretto for his opera The Aspern Papers (1988), Argento moved Henry James’s setting from Venice to the shores of Lake Como in order to recreate the ambience of 19th-century operatic life as experienced by the artists who resided there..."
"[Argento's] harmony teacher, Nicolas Nabokov, urged him to focus on composition, and through this influence as well as contact with the Baltimore composer Hugo Weisgall, Argento’s pronounced gift for vocal writing was furthered... While [his] vocal music is often described as eclectic, several characteristics recur as unifying hallmarks. The theme of self-discovery permeates his entire output. Further, Argento claims his compositional technique exists only in so far as it allows him to effectively communicate text and subtext, resulting in a uniquely intimate relationship between the text and his music." Virginia Saya and R. Daniel Hughes in Grove Music Online. Item #27293
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