Metaphysical Song: An Essay on Opera

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Princeton University Press, 1999 - 192 pagina's
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In this bold recasting of operatic history, Gary Tomlinson connects opera to shifting visions of metaphysics and selfhood across the last four hundred years. The operatic voice, he maintains, has always acted to open invisible, supersensible realms to the perceptions of its listeners. In doing so, it has articulated changing relations between the self and metaphysics. Tomlinson examines these relations as they have been described by philosophers from Ficino through Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche, to Adorno, all of whom worked to define the subject's place in both material and metaphysical realms. The author then shows how opera, in its own cultural arena, distinct from philosophy, has repeatedly brought to the stage these changing relations of the subject to the particular metaphysics it presumes.


Covering composers from Jacopo Peri to Wagner, from Lully to Verdi, and from Mozart to Britten, Metaphysical Song details interactions of song, words, drama, and sounds used by creators of opera to fill in the outlines of the subjectivities they envisioned. The book offers deep-seated explanations for opera's enduring fascination in European elite culture and suggests some of the profound difficulties that have unsettled this fascination since the time of Wagner.

 

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Voices of the Invisible
3
Late Renaissance Opera
9
A Cosmos of Apollinian Harmony
28
Early Modern Opera
34
The Borders of Theatrical Space
68
Modern Opera
73
Noumenal Themes
104
Composing Schopenhauer
107
Overcoming Operatic Metaphysics
109
Ghosts in the Machine
127
Mechanical Reproduction of Opera
143
Film Fantasy Endgame of Wagnerism
145
The Sum of Modernity
147
NOTES
157
INDEX
181
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Gary Tomlinson is Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania and has held Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships. His books include Monteverdi and the End of the Renaissance and Music in Renaissance Magic: Toward a Historiography of Others.

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