Opera for Everyone: A Historic, Social, Artistic, Literary, and Musical Study

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 - Music - 268 pages
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Not your usual opera guide, this work forgoes the usual synopses of plots, biographical particulars, and anecdotes to concentrate instead on fundamental elements of opera examining it from many angles. With a discussion of such topics as those who created it the musicians, writers, and artists the outcome of their work, commissioners and producers, why opera developed as it did, why particular styles became popular, when operas were given and in what environment or political climate, the reaction of audiences, and the span of success. Opera is viewed, as much as possible, from a perspective of what audiences at the time would have expected and enjoyed. All aspects of opera are explained in language appropriate for those with varying levels of knowledge about the art form. Each chapter features a particularly innovative period of operatic history and each focuses on representative and successful works of that era and concludes with a short selection of other works of the same period and style for further listening or viewing. Plates of little-known engravings seven of Baroque stage productions and a glossary, bibliography, and index round out the work."
 

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Contents

About Opera
1
Before Opera
3
The First Operas
11
Opera in Mantua
19
Roman Opera Serious and Comic
27
Opera in Venice
37
From Venice to France
47
Opera Abroad and Operatic Development in Italy
57
Grand Opera and Counterbalance
151
Romantic Wagner
161
Italian Gloom and Despair
169
France after the Midcentury
177
Realism and the Giovane Scuola
203
Clinging to Melody
213
Discordant Times
223
A Reflection of Ones Country
233

The Late Baroque
67
Comic Opera
79
Embers of Opera Seria
89
Mozart and Da Ponte
101
Rossini
111
Romanticism From France to Germany
121
Italian Bel Canto 18301835
133
Romanticism with Patriotic Feeling
141
At the Millennium
243
Notes
247
Glossary
253
Further Reading
255
Text Citations
257
Index
259
About the Author
269
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Jean Grundy Fanelli is a freelance lecturer, journalist, and writer.

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