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La Traviata
Romantic opera from 1853

La traviata (Italian: [la traviˈaːta; traˈvjaːta], The Fallen Woman) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from ...

Lucia di Lammermoor
Romantic opera from 1835

Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in ...

Madama Butterfly
Romantic opera from 1903

Madama Butterfly (IPA: [maˈdaːma ˈbatterflai]; Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John ...

... Siemon briefly discusses eight novels having to do with musicians, composers, instrument makers ... and conductors. She does not see any discernable trend in recent novels dealing with music. ...
... Six new music novels are reviewed. ...
Orfeo
Opera News (2014) Vol. 79, No. 4, pp. 65
Luis Novell Suis
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Marimba and the Musical Figuring of Desire and Postcolonial National Identity in Edwin Semzaba's Novel "Marimba ya Majaliwa"

This article discusses the way a musical instrument--marimba--is figured in relation to social identities and relations in Edwin Semzaba's novel "Marimba ya Majaliwa." It argues that the novel creates an imaginary world in which marimba is a central instrument that ...

... which concerns the travails of a junkie cult musician named Billy Mud in the tradition of road novels of Jack Kerouac. ...
Opera by the Book
Opera News (2003) Vol. 67, No. 9, pp. 96
... A short quiz that tests opera aficionados' knowledge of opera references in famous novels is presented. ...
... A commentary discusses operatic adaptations of current novels, with an emphasis on Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea." ...
... Rife's survey and annotated bibliography of jazz-themed novels is reviewed (Scarecrow Press/Institute of Jazz Studies, 2008). ...