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The First Lives of
Alfredo Catalani

This book gathers together, for the first time, the earliest biographical writings on Alfredo Catalani, together with the composer's earliest surviving letters. It also includes a fascinating account of the first recordings made of his music.

This book is a companion volume to Alfredo Catalani: Composer of Lucca, including many useful cross-references to the material in the second edition of that book.


“For anyone wanting to know more about Catalani, and the issues surrounding his career, this will be essential reading.”

—Konrad Dryden, Professor of Music at the University of Maryland University College Europe.

Sample Chapter

A table of contents and a sample chapter are available here.

How to order

The First Lives of Alfredo Catalani is available in paperback and hardback, with an ebook edition to follow shortly.


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To request a review copy, please contact Paul Durrant giving details of the publication in which you will be reviewing the book.

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