Opera & Ideas: From Mozart to Strauss

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Cornell University Press, 1986 - Music - 279 pages
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Opera and Ideas is a study of the connections between music and intellectual history. Through lucid analysis of six operas and two song cycles, Paul Robinson shows how operas give musical and dramatic expression to ideas about the self, society, and history.
 

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In this thoughtful study, historian and opera lover Robinson relates music to the history of ideas by analyzing sever al major operas: The Marriage of Fi garo, The Barber of Seville, Les Troyens, Don ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Enlightenment and Reaction
8
The Self and Nature
58
The Idea of History
103
Realpolitik
155
Art Psyche and Society
210
Postscript
262
Notes
268
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