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Timson, David

Overview
Works: 374 works in 1,310 publications in 1 language and 19,401 library holdings
Genres: Stories, plots, etc  Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Symphonies  Ballets (Music)  Detective and mystery stories, English  Suspense fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Narrator, Author, Performer, Director, Actor, Editor, Arranger, Adapter, Creator, Other
Classifications: MT100.P95, 782.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Timson
Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 by Ralph Vaughan Williams( )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes I by Arthur Conan Doyle( )

25 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 377 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( )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 362 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
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes II by Arthur Conan Doyle( Recording )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 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( )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 331 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, Aida by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2001 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. 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-- Bizet, Carmen by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to the plot and background of the opera Carmen in words and music. Includes principal themes and arias, taken from the complete recording, issued by Naxos in 1990 (Naxos 8.660005--8.660007)
An introduction to-- Puccini, La bohème by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 325 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)
An introduction to-- Rossini, the barber of Seville by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 323 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 Barber of Seville is Rossini's most popular opera. Its effervescent overture (written originally for another work!) presents a perfect platform for the amusing plot in which the barber, Figaro, stage-manages a romance between Count Almaviva and Rosina, and puts to flight the old suitor, Dr Bartolo. 'Largo al Factotum' is one of the most popular arias in opera - nearly 200 years after its first performance it is still one of the great show-stoppers. But why was the opera received with boos and catcalls at its first performance in 1816, and why did Rossini return to the plot and environment presented so sublimely by Mozart?
An introduction to-- Puccini : Madama Butterfly by Thomson Smillie( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 321 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-- Mozart, the magic flute by Thomson Smillie( )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 320 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, La traviata by Thomson Smillie( )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 320 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-- Puccini, Tosca by Thomson Smillie( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 318 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)
An introduction to-- Mozart : Così fan tutte by Thomson Smillie( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 317 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 meaning of night : a confession by Michael Cox( Recording )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 316 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-- Rossini, Tancredi by Thomson Smillie( )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 316 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. Rossini's comic operas, like "The Barber of Seville", are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, "William Tell", is actually credited with launching the whole age of grand opéra. Tancredi is an early work, indeed his first smash hit, and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied to a sure dramatic sense, and several of the arias, including the famous "Di tanti palpiti", are magnificent examples of the sort of virtuoso vocal writing that earns the title "bel canto": beautiful singing', first and last
An introduction to-- Wagner: The flying Dutchman by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 313 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-- Mascagni : Cavalleria rusticana by Thomson Smillie( )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cavalleria rusticana is the short opera that has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span. The story of love, lust, blood-feud and betrayal played out against the pageantry of the Easter celebrations in a Sicilian village delivers an emotional wallop because of the youthful vigour and musical wealth of its great score which includes the glorious Easter Hymn and the deeply moving Intermezzo. Mascagni was never to repeat his youthful success but this brief work is enough to ensure his immortality
An introduction to-- Verdi, Rigoletto by Thomson Smillie( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 310 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. Rigoletto is simply wonderful entertainment. It is uncanny to listen to the opening ten minutes or so and recognise a dozen superb tunes. It is also much more - a daring (for its time) attack on aristocratic privilege, a tender love story, and an impassioned appeal on behalf of the disadvantaged, all set to music of such wealth and beauty that, with its sister operas La traviata and Il trovatore, it has almost defined Italian opera for 150 years. Overcoming initial trouble with the censors, Verdi's Rigoletto was a smash hit at its premiere and has not been out of the repertoire since
Histoire du soldat = The soldier's tale by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

L'histoire du soldat, . Stravinsky, Igor
 
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An introduction to-- Verdi, Rigoletto
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Joseph HaydnThe adventures of Sherlock Holmes IIAn introduction to-- Puccini : Madama ButterflyThe meaning of night : a confessionAn introduction to-- Rossini, TancrediAn introduction to-- Verdi, Rigoletto