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Timson, David

Overview
Works: 319 works in 943 publications in 2 languages and 17,374 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Stories, plots, etc  Biography  Psychological fiction  Operas  Juvenile works  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction  Symphonies  Detective and mystery stories, English 
Roles: Narrator, Author, Performer, Director, Actor, Adapter, Arranger, Other, Creator, Editor
Classifications: PR4622, 782.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Timson
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes IV by Arthur Conan Doyle( )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four more stories from the master detective. The mystery of the missing suitor is solved and Sherlock Holmes raises his whip. An Indian pot stands in the shadows of a Colonel's death. Serious affairs of state and international diplomacy are threatened by a theft. And surely evil intent lies behind threats in a hidden house. The cool observations and swift action of Mr. Sherlock Holmes resolves all
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes I by Arthur Conan Doyle( )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection are four of the finest cases of Mr Sherlock Holmes, narrated by his faithful friend and admirer Dr Watson. What was the horror of The Speckled Band or the secret behind the curious legacy for men of red hair? These and other puzzles are solved by this bloodhound of a genius
Joseph Haydn by Jeremy Siepmann( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recording presents the life and work of Haydn. It is illustrated with quotations from the composer and his contemporaries, enhanced by extended extracts from representative works
Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 by Ralph Vaughan Williams( )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning of night a confession by Michael Cox( Recording )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After slaying a random victim, Edward Glyver--scholar, booklover, and now murderer--drops his bloody blade down a London sewer grate. Now he knows he can take his revenge on the former friend whose duplicity dashed his dreams of Cambridge 20 years ago. But how far will he go to win the beautiful yet mysterious Emily Carteret and to seize the wealth and influence that are rightfully his?
An introduction to-- Mozart Così fan tutte by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart's most sublime music. On one level, the opera is purely a social anecdote about young people falling in and out of love; but Mozart was a supreme sensualist and a great humanist, and invested the tale with all his understanding of humanity and young love. On this audio, David Timson refutes the charge that Mozart squandered his genius on a work full of trivial nonsense and proves this 'miraculous yet problematic' opera to be a great work of theatre. To listen to this thought-provoking examination of the characters and the music is both thoroughly enriching and great fun
The soldier's tale by Igor Stravinsky( )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballet for narrator actors, and dancers accompanied by clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, double bass, and percussion
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes II by Arthur Conan Doyle( Recording )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection are four of the finest cases of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, narrated by his faithful friend and admirer Dr. Watson. What was the mystery of the engineer's thumb? What was behind the disappearance of the race horse? Why did masked royalty walk up to see Holmes in Baker Street? These and other puzzles are solved by this bloodhound of a genius
An introduction to-- Mozart, the marriage of Figaro by Thomson Smillie( )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favourite opera. It appeals to the most intellectual listener, but also to music-lovers seeking great melodies and ensembles (while it remains accessible through its fascinating plot and memorable characters) and to those seeking only entertainment. One of three operas by Mozart to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte it represents one of the pinnacles not just of operatic but of human achievement
An introduction to-- Puccini, La bohème by Thomson Smillie( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to the plot and background of the opera La bohème in words and music. Includes principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work (Naxos 8.660003--8.660004)
The hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle( Recording )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on wild and desolate Dartmoor, with its menacing tors, treacherous mires, and enveloping mists, the supernatural in the form of a spectral hound is pitted against the rational mind of Sherlock Holmes, who, with his companion Dr. Watson, attempts to solve the savage murder of the local squire, and save his successor from the curse of the Baskervilles
An introduction to-- Verdi, Aida by Thomson Smillie( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Ancient Egypt and the war with Ethiopia is the setting for Verdi's grandest opera. It is the story of the love between Rhadames, the Egyptian general and Aida, an Ethiopian slave, and the jealousy of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt. It was written in 1871 to a commission from the Khedive of Egypt to inaugurate the new opera house in Cairo. Aida generally is considered one of the most spectacular of Verdi's operas. But Thomson Smillie, in his fascinating introduction to the work, presented by actor David Timson, says it is, more accurately ' a chamber opera with a grand march through the middle of it'
An introduction to-- Rossini, The barber of Seville by Thomson Smillie( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. This volume contains biographical information on Rossini followed by an analysis of The barber of Seville broken down into sections
An introduction to-- Mozart, the magic flute by Thomson Smillie( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. The Magic Flute almost defines a masterpiece, because it can be enjoyed on every level. It is a superb fairy story, complete with dragons, demons, a handsome prince, and a lovely maiden seriously in need of rescue; it is a political satire, social commentary, and psychological drama; it is full of tunes from the playful to the heart-stopping, jolly songs, and deeply spiritual outpourings. It is, in short, ' Mozart', and there is no greater compliment than that
An introduction to-- Wagner: The flying Dutchman by Thomson Smillie( )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Here Smillie discusses Wagner and several of his other works followed by an analysis of The flying Dutchman broken down into sections
An introduction to-- Donizetti L'elisir d'amore by Thomson Smillie( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. L'elisir d'amore, or The Elixir of Love, has remained popular for almost two centuries because of a touching tale and a galaxy of comic characters adapted from the traditional commedia dell' arte. Above all Donizetti poured into the score all the warmth and tenderness of the Italian temperament. His melodic invention never ceases to charm whether in the jolly rustic choruses, the exhilarating 'patter' numbers, or the sweet sadness of the beautiful arias, of which 'Una furtiva lagrima,' the great tenor showpiece, is the best known
An introduction to-- Verdi, Il trovatore by Thomson Smillie( )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form
An introduction to-- Verdi Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Verdi's Falstaff repays careful study with real pleasure. It is opera's happiest irony that the great Italian master should cap a career -- distinguished for its blood-and-thunder tragic masterpieces -- with the greatest comic opera in the Italian repertory. The genius of Shakespeare is harnessed (in a miracle of compression) by master-librettist Boito to give the eighty-year-old Verdi a superb libretto, on which he lavished more wonderful tunes than most composers manage in a lifetime. Falstaff is the last great Italian comic opera and a worthy end to the tradition
An introduction to-- Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy( )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents historical background, an explanation of the plot, and a presentation of the main arias and themes from the opera, interspersed with historical and musicological narration
An introduction to-- Puccini, Tosca by Thomson Smillie( )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the opera Tosca. Includes principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work (Naxos 8.660001--8.660002)
 
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The hound of the Baskervilles
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The adventures of Sherlock Holmes IJoseph HaydnThe meaning of night a confessionThe adventures of Sherlock Holmes IIThe hound of the BaskervillesAn introduction to-- Verdi, Il trovatore