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Osborne, Charles 1927-2017

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Most widely held works by Charles Osborne
The unexpected guest : a mystery by Charles Osborne( Book )

72 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A motorist whose car broke down seeks assistance in a nearby house, only to find its owner shot in a wheelchair. When the wife confesses, he offers to help cover the crime. A novelization of a play
The opera lover's companion by Charles Osborne( )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 2,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer's career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles. In addition, the entries recount details of the first performance and subsequent performance history and provide guidance on the relative quality of available recordings. Aimed at opera lovers and committed newcomers rather than specialists, The Opera-Lover's Companion does not set out to cover every opera but only those most frequently encountered in opera houses or on recordings. Although the book is dominated by the five great opera composers--Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss--fifty-eight other composers are also represented. It is always more pleasurable to go to the opera with a knowledgeable and experienced companion. If you can't, you'll want to take this book
Black coffee : a Hercule Poirot novel by Charles Osborne( Book )

65 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel based on a 1930s play in which detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a British scientist and the theft of his formula for an atomic explosive. Suspects range from his son, heavily in debt, to an Italian lady spy
Spider's web by Charles Osborne( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osborne completes his homage to Christie with this third and final adaptation of an original Christie play, following Black Coffee (1998) and The Unexpected Guest (1999). Though the play was written in 1954, the story suffers little from the passage of time, and aside from the static setting, reads well as a novel. Christie's exquisite timing and clever sleight-of-mind tricks are a delight, while Osborne has the good sense not to embroider the tale. A typical closed cast of characters occupies the temporary country home of Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown: the seemingly scatterbrained Clarissa; her stepdaughter, Pippa; the odious Oliver Costello, who has married Pippa's mother; Sir Rowland Delahaye, Clarissa's godfather and a man of honor; an outspoken gardener; a butler; a cook; and Inspector Lord, the rather diffident policeman. When Clarissa discovers a body in the drawing room, she decides that it mustn't be found there. Her plans to dispose of the body are interrupted by the arrival of a rather diffident policeman, Inspector Lord, who has come to check out an anonymous tip that a murder has been committed
The complete operas of Verdi by Charles Osborne( Book )

76 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W.H. Auden : the life of a poet by Charles Osborne( Book )

64 editions published between 1979 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auden's career as writer and teacher, his relationships with other writers and his travels to other countries and the U.S.A
The life and crimes of Agatha Christie by Charles Osborne( Book )

56 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life of Agatha Christie, as well as the lives of some of her famous fictional characters, with authoritative information on each of her works and its contemporary critical reception
Verdi : a life in the theatre by Charles Osbourne( Book )

37 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carries Giuseppe Verdi, the musical and theatrical genius whose operas are the most popular of all time, from his humble beginnings through his youthful struggles and mature triumphs, to his acclaimed old age as the national hero of Italian music
The complete operas of Mozart : a critical guide by Charles Osborne( Book )

54 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This detailed study covers both the great masterpieces and the lesser-known works, incorporating biographical background, accounts of first performances, and close analysis of both the music and the librettos
The complete operas of Puccini : a critical guide by Charles Osborne( Book )

27 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in English and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While Puccini wrote only twelve operas during a long life?three of them one-acters designed to be performed together?he has to be ranked today as the world?s most popular composer of opera. His La Bohème and Tosca are more frequently performed in the major opera houses than works by other composers, and Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut rank not far behind. What is the explanation for Puccini's enormous success? How do his operas work as music and drama? What was he like to contemporaries such as Verdi, Toscanini, and Caruso? Charles Osborne, author of highly successful Complete Operas of Verdi and Complete Operas of Mozart, here analyzes the entire Puccini oeuvre?from Tosca and Turandot to the less-often performed Edgar, La Fanciulla del West, and La Rondine. His fourfold approach?linking biography with musical, textual, and dramatic analysis?is especially valuable for Puccini, who revealed many of his personal contradictions in his music and whose sense of detail can be appreciated by close study of the scores and characters. For the legions of Puccini lovers everywhere, this guide to his life and work can serve as an ideal reference source and opera companion
Wagner and his world by Charles Osborne( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and Spanish and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schubert and his Vienna by Charles Osborne( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het leven van de Oostenrijkse componist tegen de achtergrond van het politieke, artistieke en sociale leven van zijn geboorte- en woonplaats Wenen in het begin van de 19e eeuw
The Dictionary of composers( Book )

37 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete operas of Richard Strauss by Charles Osborne( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the latest in the author's famous series of guides to the major composers of opera and as in the earlier books on Verdi, Mozart, and Puccini, Osborne concentrates entirely on the operatic works of Strauss: first he describes Strauss' life at the time of each opera's composition, next he discusses the libretto and librettist, and, finally, he outlines the story of the opera and finishes with a complete musical analysis
The complete operas of Richard Wagner by Charles Osborne( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Complete Operas of Richard Wagner, as in the first four volumes of his famous series on the great opera composers, Charles Osborne first describes the composer's life at the time he wrote each opera, thus providing a biographical thread which runs through the book; follows it with a thorough examination of the libretto and its sources; and lastly tells the story of the opera, which he links to the major musical features." "This book is, in effect, a musical biography of Wagner, tracing his development from his first complete opera, Die Feen, to his last, Parsifal. It serves as an invaluable guide to the often perplexing Wagner oeuvre both for the regular opera-goer and the armchair listener. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Fifty works of English and American literature we could do without by Brigid Brophy( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why pick on 'Hamlet' when there are so many other 'classics' which deserve deflation?" This question is answered in the authors' introductory note - "We haven't bothered with stuffed owls ... All the works dealt with are revered or treated as required reading"--And in the essay on "Hamlet" and forty-nine other supposed masterpieces. Most people have at some time put up with the boring, the pretentious and the badly wirtten because they have been taught reverence for "classics". The authors claim that their fifty "victims" have been overpraised for so long that the massice critical reputation surrounding each constitutes a serious obstacle blocking approaches to other greater works. The purpose of their book is to re-open these approaches
Letters of Giuseppe Verdi by Giuseppe Verdi( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bel canto operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini by Charles Osborne( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes all the operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, describing the circumstances of each opera's first performance, discussing the libretto, outlining the plot, and giving an analysis of the music
Richard Wagner - stories and essays by Richard Wagner( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world theatre of Wagner : a celebration of 150 years of Wagner productions by Charles Osborne( Book )

17 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last 150 years, Wagner's operas have been parodied, translated into scores of languages - from Lettish to Catalan - reviled and revered. Audiences have been confronted with pre-Raphaelite Wagner, High victorian Wagner, art deco and high-tech Wagner. Charles Osborne's authoritative and perceptive text provides the historical framework and critical commentary for the productions highlighted in the illustrations, while his biographical dictionary of the main performers, conductors, designers and producers of Wagner will prove an invaluable reference source for all Wagnerpiles
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Black coffee : a Hercule Poirot novel
The opera lover's companionBlack coffee : a Hercule Poirot novelSpider's webThe complete operas of VerdiThe life and crimes of Agatha ChristieThe complete operas of Mozart : a critical guideThe complete operas of Puccini : a critical guideThe complete operas of Richard Strauss
Alternative Names
Charles Osborne australischer Schriftsteller

Charles Osborne écrivain australien

Charles Osborne (escritor)

Charles Osborne giornalista, critico musicale e scrittore britannico

Charles Osborne muziekcriticus uit Australië

Osborne, C.

Osborne, Charles

Osborne, Charles, 1927-

Osborne Charles Thomas

Osborne, Charles Thomas 1927-

Osborne, Charles Thomas 1927-2017

Osburnas Čarlis

Ozubōn, Chāruzu 1927-

تشارلز أوزبورن، 1927-

تشارلز أوزبورن، 1927-2017

تشارلز أوسبورن

오스본, 찰스 1927-2017

오스본, 찰스 토마스 1927-2017

オズボーン, チャールズ

チャールズ・オズボーン (音楽評論家)