Thanks all and Bob - ( I trust it's ok to post your reply for the benefit
of those who don't know this work).
We have absolute concensus for once:-) - every reply has confirmed that
this is the one to get.
With reference to Bob's comment, I have Charles Osborne's Complete Operas
of Verdi - a critical guide.
Would this be a suitable companion to the Phillips-Matz, in relation
specifically to an analysis of the works?
>Subject: Re: Verdi Biography
>Generally the latest biography by Mary Jane Phillips-Matz is considered the
>definitive one, although she doesn't discuss the music itself. (That is,
>she discusses the circumstances and context of creation, but not analysis of
>With best wishes,
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