Opera in History: From Monteverdi to Cage

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Stanford University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Music - 364 pages
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Looking at operatic history from new and unexpected angles, this book examines the ways the operatic canon has been reshaped at key moments in the history of the form. Opera in History examines the achievements of composers such as Monteverdi, Handel, and Rossini, whose operas were long neglected because of changes in performance practices, audience tastes, and musical aesthetics. It also looks at such well-established works as Wagner's Ring and Verdi's Aida in unconventional ways. Thus, the Ring emerges as a product of nineteenth-century philology, Aida, as an embodiment of the new science of archaeology.

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There is an endless supply of books about opera, but a reader wishing a serious historical overview has had little from which to choose other than Donald Jay Grout's A Short History of Opera (Columbia ... Read full review

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