The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

by David Charlton
     
 

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This 2003 Companion is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the world of grand opera. Through this volume a team of scholars and writers on opera examine those important Romantic operas which embraced the Shakespearean sweep of tragedy, history, love in time of conflict, and the struggle for national self-determination. Rival nations, rival religions and

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This 2003 Companion is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the world of grand opera. Through this volume a team of scholars and writers on opera examine those important Romantic operas which embraced the Shakespearean sweep of tragedy, history, love in time of conflict, and the struggle for national self-determination. Rival nations, rival religions and violent resolutions are common elements, with various social or political groups represented in the form of operatic choruses. The book traces the origins and development of a style created during an increasingly technical age, which exploited the world-renowned skills of Parisian stage-designers, artists, and dancers as well as singers. It analyses in detail the grand operas by Rossini, Auber, Meyerbeer and Halévy, discusses grand opera in Russia and Germany, and also in the Czech lands, Italy, Britain and the Americas. The volume also includes an essay by the renowned opera director David Pountney.

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"[A] valuable addition to the 'Cambridge Companions to Music' series.... Highly recommended." Choice

"This book is essential for those interested in nineteenth -century opera - as well as the culture of the period - and those interested in this music should not miss it." Opera Today.com

"Provides unique insights..." —Opera Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139815925
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music
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NOOK Book
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41 MB
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Meet the Author

David Charlton is Professor of Music History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Grétry and the Growth of Opéra-Comique (Cambridge, 1986), E. T. A. Hoffman's Musical Writings: Kreisleriana; The Poet and the Composer; Music Criticism (Cambridge, 1989) and most recently, French Opera 1730–1830 (2000).

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