what is it and why is it here?
in 2002, through my day-time capacity as
a designer and publication coordinator, I found myself
agreeing to design and layout a book by Vincent Cincotta
with the title Zarzuela. The Spanish Lyric Theatre.
It was an encyclopedic manuscript full of colour pictures
and everything you've ever wanted to know about a form
of traditional Spanish musical theatre designated as
'zarzuela' -- popular, spectacular and with a long and
prestigious pedigree. The author worked at the University
of Wollongong and the project was the cumulation of
decades of effort. I couldn't resist.
year later the book was completed and published (by
of Wollongong Press), all 776 pages of it, complete
with a history, biographies of composers and librettists,
plot synopses, discography, bibliography, chronological
tables and a full index of titles.
information on the book, including reviews, can be obtained
more relevance for me (and why it is mentioned here
on my site) is the fact that the book was winner in
Category 12 (short-run digitally printed book) of the
27th Annual Galley Club Awards for Excellence.
Quite an achievement for Vincent and for myself! The
is, of course, to be congratulated on their efforts,
as the job they did in printing it was immaculate and
the finished product looks magnificent.
of image for a bigger version of the cover graphic
available is Vincent's review
of another book on Zarzuela that came out subsequent
to his. In a spirit of fair play, he has given it a
balanced and objective evaluation.