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The pathbreaking revival in Paris ca. 1900 of long-neglected operas by Mozart, Gluck, and Rameau -- and what this meant to French audiences, critics, and composers.
By Guy Capuzzo
The first book about Elliott Carter's only opera--or indeed about any single work by this still-productive modern master.
Der fliegende Hollander is the first of Wagner's operas that the author considered to be representative of his mature style. The Dutchman embodies one of the major themes that recur throughout Wagner's work, that of a central character seeking redemption from a loving woman.
Designed for music students and opera-goers, this book enables a thorough understanding of what opera is and how it works, with an emphasis on its dramatic experience. Organised chronologically, the book shows how the many different kinds of opera have developed and explores specific examples using accessible illustrative tables.
Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd,...
In Bewitching Russian Opera , Inna Naroditskaya investigates the musical lives of four female monarchs who ruled Russia for most of the eighteenth century - Catherine I, Anna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great. Engaging with ethnomusicological, historical, and philological approaches, her study traces the tsarinas' deeply invested interest in musical...
A study of the Prague Italian opera company and its role in performing Mozart's works in the late eighteenth-century.
The theory and practice of Italian musical composition