The Last Opera

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Publisher : Indiana University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780253041593
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Download or read book The Last Opera written by Chandler Carter and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2019-05-31 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the fall of 1947 through the summer of 1951 composer Igor Stravinsky and poet W. H. Auden collaborated on the opera The Rake’s Progress. At the time, their self-consciously conventional work seemed to appeal only to conservative audiences. Few perceived that Stravinsky and Auden were confronting the central crisis of the Modern age, for their story of a hapless eighteenth-century Everyman dramatizes the very limits of human will, a theme Auden insists underlies all opera. In The Last Opera, Chandler Carter weaves together three interlocking stories. The central and most detailed story explores the libretto and music of The Rake’s Progress. The second positions the opera as a focal point in Stravinsky's artistic journey and those who helped him realize it—his librettists, Auden and Chester Kallman; his protégé Robert Craft; and his compatriot, fellow composer, and close friend Nicolas Nabokov. By exploring the ominous cultural landscape in which these fascinating individuals lived and worked, the book captures a pivotal twenty-five-year span (from approximately 1945 to 1970) during which modernists like Stravinsky and Auden confronted a tectonic disruption to their artistic worldview. Ultimately, Carter reveals how these stories fit into a larger third narrative, the 400-year history of opera. This richly and lovingly contextualized study of The Rake’s Progress sheds new light on why, despite the hundreds of musical dramas and theater pieces that have been written since its premier in 1951, this work is still considered the "the last opera."

Czech Opera

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ISBN 10 : 0521347130
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Download or read book Czech Opera written by John Tyrrell and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1988 with total page 376 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Opera is the grandest and most potent cultural expression of the nationalist movement which led to the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. During this period Czech opera developed into a genre of major artistic importance cultivated by composers of the stature of Smetana, Dvorák and Janácek. Czech Opera examines opera in its national contexts, and is a study not only of operas written in Czech, but also of the specific circumstances which shaped them. These include the historical and political background to the period, the theatres in which Czech plays and operas were first performed, and the composers and performers who worked in them. The role of the librettists is given particular prominence and is complemented by a detailed chapter on the subject matter of the librettos shedding light on the subject matter of the historical and mythic background of the genre.

The Standard Operas

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ISBN 10 : PSU:000062689144
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Download or read book The Standard Operas written by George Putnam Upton and published by . This book was released on 1890 with total page 371 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Musical World

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ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044043850015
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Download or read book The Musical World written by and published by . This book was released on 1869 with total page 912 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Nine Famous Operas

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ISBN 10 : 9780786460069
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Download or read book Nine Famous Operas written by Iris J. Arnesen and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-01-10 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book contains analyses of the stories and music of nine operas, presented in chronological order from 1791 to 1928. These great works are most readily approached with an understanding of the conventions of the several operatic genres as well as the social conditions that influenced the composers and librettists. The popular and intellectual movements that influenced the operas and the original source material are also discussed. The operas are Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bizet’s Carmen, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Strauss’ Salome, and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.

Ballet and Opera in the Age of "Giselle"

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ISBN 10 : 9781400832477
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book Ballet and Opera in the Age of "Giselle" written by Marian Smith and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2010-08-09 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Marian Smith recaptures a rich period in French musical theater when ballet and opera were intimately connected. Focusing on the age of Giselle at the Paris Opéra (from the 1830s through the 1840s), Smith offers an unprecedented look at the structural and thematic relationship between the two genres. She argues that a deeper understanding of both ballet and opera--and of nineteenth-century theater-going culture in general--may be gained by examining them within the same framework instead of following the usual practice of telling their histories separately. This handsomely illustrated book ultimately provides a new portrait of the Opéra during a period long celebrated for its box-office successes in both genres. Smith begins by showing how gestures were encoded in the musical language that composers used in ballet and in opera. She moves on to a wide range of topics, including the relationship between the gestures of the singers and the movements of the dancers, and the distinction between dance that represents dancing (entertainment staged within the story of the opera) and dance that represents action. Smith maintains that ballet-pantomime and opera continued to rely on each other well into the nineteenth century, even as they thrived independently. The "divorce" between the two arts occurred little by little, and may be traced through unlikely sources: controversies in the press about the changing nature of ballet-pantomime music, shifting ideas about originality, complaints about the ridiculousness of pantomime, and a little-known rehearsal score for Giselle.

Musical Courier

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ISBN 10 : IND:30000047224435
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Download or read book Musical Courier written by and published by . This book was released on 1891 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Vols. for 1957-61 include an additional (mid-January) no. called Directory issue, 1st-5th ed. The 6th ed. was published as the Dec. 1961 issue.

Reception Studies and Adaptation

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Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN 10 : 9781527557185
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Download or read book Reception Studies and Adaptation written by Giulia Magazzù and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2020-07-22 with total page 201 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Offering compelling insights into the Italian adaptation of diversified English products, this volume is addressed to both scholars and students wishing to delve into the field of reception studies. It focuses on literary, multimedia and audiovisual translation due to the conviction that the modalities through which the imprinting of “Italianness” is marked upon several English hypertexts are still worth investigating today. The contributions here highlight how some choices may, in some instances, alter the meaning as much as the success of some English aesthetic texts, by directing, if not possibly undermining, the audience reception.

Central Opera Service Bulletin

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ISBN 10 : UVA:X001365538
Pages : 314 pages
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Download or read book Central Opera Service Bulletin written by Central Opera Service (New York, N.Y.) and published by . This book was released on 1981 with total page 314 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Academy

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ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105028011430
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Download or read book The Academy written by and published by . This book was released on 1874 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature

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ISBN 10 : 9781000563351
Pages : 462 pages
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Download or read book The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature written by Rachael Durkin and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-05-27 with total page 462 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Modern literature has always been obsessed by music. It cannot seem to think about itself without obsessing about music. And music has returned the favour. The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature addresses this relationship as a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of word and music studies. The 37 chapters within consider the partnership through four lenses—the universal, opera and literature, musical and literary forms, and popular music and literature—and touch upon diverse and pertinent themes for our modern times, ranging from misogyny to queerness, racial inequality to the claimed universality of whiteness. This Companion therefore offers an essential resource for all who try to decode the musico-literary exchange.

Living Age ...

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ISBN 10 : UGA:32108057251145
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Download or read book Living Age ... written by and published by . This book was released on 1855 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Sound of Music

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Publisher : Environmed Research Inc
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ISBN 10 : 1894787412
Pages : 230 pages
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Download or read book Sound of Music written by Stephen Gislason and published by Environmed Research Inc. This book was released on 2018-06-01 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: book by Stephen Gislason emerged from his Music Notes collected over many years. The topics cover a wide range of interests from the history of instruments, music theory, composing to the most current technologies involved in music composition and sound recording. A special chapter on the Musical Brain explains current knowledge in the brain processing of sound as it applies to language and music decoding. A chapter on the Music Business reviews the dramatic changes in music marketed and discusses some of the dilemmas and controversies facing musicians. Preface This book emerged from notes I have kept for several decades. I have spent much time studying music theory, electronics applied to sound reproduction and to performance skills. I decided to assemble my music notes so that any person interested in music could benefit from simple, clear explanations. Music descriptions often are too complicated and the use of terms can be inconsistent and confusing. As with other subjects I have tackled, I assumed that with a little extra effort more precise descriptions would be welcomed by readers seeking a practical understanding of music. The book begins with a consideration of what sound is and how animals use sounds to communicate. Music is not a human invention, but we do elaborate sound communication more than other animals in our production of both speech and musical performances. The discussion continues with noise, an important topic that is poorly understood. A well informed musician will refrain from making noise and understand Ambrose Bierce when he stated: Of all noise, music is the less offensive." I include acoustic and electronic instruments in my discussions of music creation. In my world, electronics dominate every aspect of work and play and most music I create and listen to was created, stored and distributed electronically. The art and science of recording is an important study for all 21st century musicians. Increased sophistication about the nature of sound, the art of combining musical sounds, and the effect on the listener's brain are all required for music to advance beyond noise toward a more effective means of human communication. Stephen Gislason 2016

Practical Italian Vocal Method

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ISBN 10 : MINN:31951P01085471V
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Download or read book Practical Italian Vocal Method written by Nicola Vaccai and published by . This book was released on 1894 with total page 40 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

A History of Opera

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ISBN 10 : 9781846147913
Pages : 624 pages
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Download or read book A History of Opera written by Carolyn Abbate and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 2012-11-01 with total page 624 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Opera is in many ways the most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Prohibitively expensive and patently unrealistic, it can nevertheless paint the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions of many works by the greatest opera composers, from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, to Verdi and Wagner, to Strauss, Puccini, Berg, and Britten. There are lively discussions of opera's social, political and literary background, its economic cicumstances and the almost continual polemics that have accompanied its development through the centuries. Central to the book is an exploration of the tensions that have always sustained and enlivened opera. Abbate and Parker examine the problems that opera has faced in the last half century, when new works - which were once opera's life-blood - have shrunk to a tiny minority, have largely failed to find a permanent place in the repertoire. Yet the book's final message is one of celebration. Even if the majority of opera's most popular and enduring works were written in what is now a remote European past, in circumstances very different from our own, and the viability of contemporary opera is ever more in question, opera as an art form remains extraordinarily buoyant and challenging. It continues to transform people physically, emotionally, and intellectually, and to articulate human experience in ways no other art form can match.

Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine

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ISBN 10 : NYPL:33433081677084
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Download or read book Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine written by and published by . This book was released on 1883 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Opera Seria and the Evolution of Classical Style, 1755-1772

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015009732788
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Download or read book Opera Seria and the Evolution of Classical Style, 1755-1772 written by Eric Weimer and published by . This book was released on 1984 with total page 346 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Revision of thesis (doctoral)--University of Chicago, 1982.