A Short History of Opera

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ISBN 10 : 9780231119580
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Download or read book A Short History of Opera written by Donald Jay Grout and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2003 with total page 1049 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The fourth edition incorporates new scholarship that traces the most important developments in the evolution of musical drama. After surveying anticipations of the operatic form in the lyric theater of the Greeks, medieval dramatic music, and other forerunners, the book reveals the genre's beginnings in the seventeenth century and follows its progress to the present day."--Jacket.

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Download or read book A Short History of Opera written by Donald Jay Grout and published by . This book was released on 1988 with total page 913 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A systematic survey, presenting the essential points in the history of opera clearly and in the proper proportion, with musical examples throughout.

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ISBN 10 : 9780231507721
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Download or read book A Short History of Opera written by Donald J. Grout and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2003-07-18 with total page 992 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When first published in 1947, A Short History of Opera immediately achieved international status as a classic in the field. Now, more than five decades later, this thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition informs and entertains opera lovers just as its predecessors have. The fourth edition incorporates new scholarship that traces the most important developments in the evolution of musical drama. After surveying anticipations of the operatic form in the lyric theater of the Greeks, medieval dramatic music, and other forerunners, the book reveals the genre's beginnings in the seventeenth century and follows its progress to the present day. A Short History of Opera examines not only the standard performance repertoire, but also works considered important for the genre's development. Its expanded scope investigates opera from Eastern European countries and Finland. The section on twentieth-century opera has been reorganized around national operatic traditions including a chapter devoted solely to opera in the United States, which incorporates material on the American musical and ties between classical opera and popular musical theater. A separate section on Chinese opera is also included. With an extensive multilanguage bibliography, more than one hundred musical examples, and stage illustrations, this authoritative one-volume survey will be invaluable to students and serious opera buffs. New fans will also find it highly accessible and informative. Extremely thorough in its coverage, A Short History of Opera is now more than ever the book to turn to for anyone who wants to know about the history of this art form.

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015007932067
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Download or read book A Short History of Opera written by Donald Jay Grout and published by . This book was released on 1947 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815

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ISBN 10 : 0765630893
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Download or read book A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815 written by Lisa Rosner and published by M.E. Sharpe. This book was released on 2000-10-19 with total page 480 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A concise and lively survey that introduces students to the people, ideas, and conflicts in European history from the Thirty Years' War to the Napoleonic Era. The authors draw on new work in gender studies, environmental history, anthropology and cultural history to illustrate the animating force of the period: the assumption that the world could be made amenable to human reason, though precisely how that was to be done remained highly contested. The nature of those contests--in politics, culture, and society--is traced throughout the book. The work includes discussions of developments in science, art, and literature. A chronology of people and events concludes each chapter and there is a glossary of key terms at the end of the book.

French Opera

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Download or read book French Opera written by Vincent Giroud and published by . This book was released on 2010 with total page 366 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A brilliant overview of the history of French opera, scrupulously researched and eminently readable. The people, the politics, the scandalsûinformative and entertaining."-Richard Bonynge AO, CBE --

Selected Essays on Opera

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Publisher : Rodopi
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ISBN 10 : 9789042021112
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Download or read book Selected Essays on Opera written by Ulrich Weisstein and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 2006 with total page 383 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ulrich Weisstein, an international authority in the fields of comparative literature and comparative arts, has been a pioneer paving the way for present-day intermedia studies. Among his broad intermedial interests opera has always held a central place. For the first time this volume makes available his major contributions to opera criticism in compact form, thus meeting a serious scholarly demand. The necessarily stringent selection of essays from Professor Weisstein s large output on opera, reflecting fifty years of involvement with the genre, is primarily governed by the wish to present texts that are representative of their author s work and, at the same time, are unlikely to be readily available through other channels. The fourteen essays collected are arranged in chronological order, some of them showing Ulrich Weisstein as an initiator of librettology, others tracing adaptive processes extending from textual sources to final operas, or investigating writer/composer collaborations. Further topics are satirical reflections on operatic activities in early-eighteenth-century Italy and practices of opera censorship, artist operas or definitions of romantic and epic opera. The essays are written in an accessible, essentially non-technical language and are expected to make both a profitable and a pleasurable reading for literary scholars as well as musicologists and general art lovers."

The Oxford Handbook of Opera

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ISBN 10 : 9780195335538
Pages : 1217 pages
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Download or read book The Oxford Handbook of Opera written by Helen M. Greenwald and published by Oxford Handbooks. This book was released on 2014 with total page 1217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons, audience, and creators.

A Short History of English Music

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ISBN 10 : EAN:8596547315995
Pages : 133 pages
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Download or read book A Short History of English Music written by Ernest Ford and published by DigiCat. This book was released on 2022-09-15 with total page 133 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Published in 1912, this work presents a concise history of English music. It attempts to give a simple and rational account of events that led to the complex state of music in England during that era. An exciting read for musicians and historians. Contents include: Music Before and During the Reformation Early English Composers The Decline of English Music Musical Education in England Progress of Orchestral Music Oratorio in England Opera in England Distinguished Musicians in England during the Nineteenth Century General Survey

An Invitation to the Opera, Revised Edition

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ISBN 10 : 9780786495191
Pages : 269 pages
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Download or read book An Invitation to the Opera, Revised Edition written by John Louis DiGaetani and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-12-08 with total page 269 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In its revised third edition, this volume argues that an appreciation of opera is based on understanding of several key aspects: history, language, theatrical production, the power of the conductor, vocal tradition and standard repertory. This unique approach is intended for the newcomer curious about the art form. The author discusses how opera has changed in the last three decades and how it is now more easily enjoyed than ever before. Originally published in 1986, this book has been translated into four languages and has been used as an "Introduction to Opera" text in college classrooms around the world.

Operatic Migrations

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ISBN 10 : 9781351555708
Pages : 296 pages
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Download or read book Operatic Migrations written by DowningA. Thomas and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-07-05 with total page 296 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying a wide range of subjects associated with the creation, performance and reception of 'opera' in varying social and historical contexts from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Each essay addresses migrations between genres, cultures, literary and musical works, modes of expression, media of presentation and aesthetics. Although the directions the contributions take are diverse, they converge in significant ways, particularly with the rebuttal of the notion of the singular nature of the operatic work. The volume strongly asserts that works are meaningfully transformed by the manifold circumstances of their creation and reception, and that these circumstances have an impact on the life of those works in their many transformations and on a given audience's experience of them. Topics covered include transformations of literary sources and their migration into the operatic genre; works that move across geographical and social boundaries into different cultural contexts; movements between media and/or genre as well as alterations through interpretation and performance of the composer's creation; the translation of spoken theatre to lyric theatre; the theoretical issues contingent on the rendering of 'speech' into 'song'; and the transforming effects of aesthetic considerations as they bear on opera. Crossing over disciplinary boundaries between music, literary studies, history, cultural studies and art history, the volume enriches our knowledge and understanding of the operatic experience and the works. The book will therefore appeal to those working in the field of music, literary and cultural studies, and to those with a particular interest in opera and musical theatre.

Opera as Anthropology

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ISBN 10 : 9781443814225
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Download or read book Opera as Anthropology written by Vlado Kotnik and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2016-09-23 with total page 380 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book contemplates the relationship between opera and anthropology. It rests on the following central arguments: on the one hand, opera is quite a new and “exotic” topic for anthropologists, while, on the other, anthropology is still perceived as an unusual approach to opera. Both initial arguments are indicative of the current situation of the relationship between anthropological discipline and opera research. The book introduces the work of anthropologists and ethnographers whose personal and professional affinity for opera has been explicated in their academic and biographical accounts. Anthropological, ethnological, ethnographic, and semiotic accounts of opera by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Leiris, William O. Beeman, Denis Laborde, Paul Atkinson, and Philippe-Joseph Salazar establish that opera can be a pertinent object of anthropological interest, ethnographic investigation, cultural analysis, and historical reflection. By touching on opera not merely as a musical, aesthetic, or artistic category, but as a social, cultural, historical, and transnational phenomenon that, over the last four centuries, has significantly influenced and reflected the identity of Western culture and society, this monograph suggests that opera and anthropology no longer need be alien to one another.

The Persistence of Allegory

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ISBN 10 : 9780812239669
Pages : 306 pages
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Download or read book The Persistence of Allegory written by Jane K. Brown and published by University of Pennsylvania Press. This book was released on 2007 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The book traces a complex history of neoclassicism in which new allegorical forms flourish and older ones are constantly revitalized. Brown reveals the allegorical survivals in the works of such major figures as Shakespeare, Calderón, Racine, Vondel, Metastasio, Goethe, and Wagner and reads tragedy, comedy, masque, opera, and school drama together rather than as separate developments." --book jacket.

The Oxford History of Opera

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ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105011427056
Pages : 420 pages
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Download or read book The Oxford History of Opera written by Roger Parker and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 1996 with total page 420 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Eleven leading authorities chronicle the full sweep of opera, ranging from the earliest known works to such experimental efforts as Robert Wilsom and Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach. In three sections on staging, singers, and the social climate, the writers give us a look behind the scenes as well as a feel for what opera was like in the past. 8 bandw plates.

Unfinished Show Business

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ISBN 10 : 080938857X
Pages : 320 pages
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Download or read book Unfinished Show Business written by and published by SIU Press. This book was released on with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this fresh approach to musical theatre history, Bruce Kirle challenges the commonly understood trajectory of the genre. Drawing on the notion that the world of the author stays fixed while the world of the audience is ever-changing, Kirle suggests that musicals are open, fluid products of the particular cultural moment in which they are performed. Incomplete as printed texts and scores, musicals take on unpredictable lives of their own in the complex transformation from page to stage. Using lenses borrowed from performance studies, cultural studies, queer studies, and ethnoracial studies, Unfinished Show Business: Broadway Musicals as Works-in-Process argues that musicals are as interesting for the provocative issues they raise about shifting attitudes toward American identity as for their show-stopping song-and-dance numbers and conveniently happy endings. Kirle illustrates how performers such as Ed Wynn, Fanny Brice, and the Marx Brothers used their charismatic personalities and quirkiness to provide insights into the struggle of marginalized ethnoracial groups to assimilate. Using examples from favorites including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, and Les Misérables, Kirle demonstrates Broadway’s ability to bridge seemingly insoluble tensions in society, from economic and political anxiety surrounding World War II to generational conflict and youth counterculture to corporate America and the “me” generation. Enlivened by a gallery of some of Broadway’s most memorable moments—and some amusing, obscure ones as well—this study will appeal to students, scholars, and lifelong musical theatre enthusiasts.

Alto

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ISBN 10 : 9781442235892
Pages : 258 pages
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Download or read book Alto written by Dan H. Marek and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-10-20 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Everyone is familiar with the words diva or prima donna, which have come to mean a (usually) outrageous operatic soprano, but there was a time when the star of the show was more often a contralto, or a soprano singing in today's mezzo-soprano range. This performer was referred to as an alto. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the male and female leading roles were likely to be sung by emasculated males, the alto castrati, although there were many great female altos during this period as well. The music for these fantastic artists, written by such composers as Porpora, Vinci, Hasse, and even Handel, has been largely forgotten. At the beginning of the 19th century, as the castrati died out, their roles were often assumed by female altos referred to as musici. New repertoire continued to be written for them by Rossini and others, but gradually, this musical tradition and technique was lost. Now, however, because of the talent and industry of such gifted artists as Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Bartoli, and Joyce DiDonato, and the sudden ease with which the performance of these forgotten works can be obtained, there is a resurgence of interest in the performance and preservation of this lost art. Alto: The Voice of Bel Canto examines the careers of nearly 320 great alto singers, including the great castrati, from the dawn of opera in 1597 to the present. The music of the composers who wrote for the alto voice is discussed along with musical examples and suggestions for listening. The exploration of the greatest altos’ careers and techniques offers inspiration for aspiring young singers as well as absorbing reading for the music lover who wants to know more about the fascinating world of opera.

A Short History of Finland

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ISBN 10 : 0521647010
Pages : 228 pages
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Download or read book A Short History of Finland written by Fred Singleton and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1998-10 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Finland has often been ignored or misunderstood by the English-speaking world and this work presents the reader with a readable and authoritative introduction to the life of the Finns and the position of their country in the modern world. The book explains how a small nation, placed in an unfavorable geopolitical situation, won its independence and eventually achieved a high material standard of living together with an enviable degree of social and political stability by adapting itself to the realities of life in an unpromising environment. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.