Dramma Per Musica

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Dramma per musica-the most usual term for Italian serious opera from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century-was a modern, enlightened form of theater that presented a unified, artistically designed, dramatic enactment of human stories, expressed by the voice and underscored by the orchestra. This book by one of the world's most eminent musicologists illustrates the diversity of this baroque art form and explains how it has given us opera as we know it.
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Overview

Dramma per musica-the most usual term for Italian serious opera from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century-was a modern, enlightened form of theater that presented a unified, artistically designed, dramatic enactment of human stories, expressed by the voice and underscored by the orchestra. This book by one of the world's most eminent musicologists illustrates the diversity of this baroque art form and explains how it has given us opera as we know it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300064544
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: the dramma per musica in the eighteenth century 1
2 A context for Griselda: the Teatro Capranica in Rome, 1711-1724 33
3 The Neapolitans in Venice 61
4 The crisis of Baroque opera in Germany 81
5 Francesco Corselli's drammi per musica for Madrid 97
6 Apostolo Zeno's Teuzzone and its French models 121
7 Antonio Vivaldi's setting of Teuzzone: dramatic speech and musical image 134
8 Antonio Salvi's Amore e maesta and the funesto fine in opera 165
9 Amore e maesta: the emancipation of an opera libretto 177
10 Tolomeo: Handel's opera and the rules of tragedy 201
11 Arianna in Creta: musical dramaturgy 220
12 Sinfonia and drama in opera seria 237
13 Handel's Ariodante: Scotland and Arcadia 255
14 Rulers and states in Hasse's drammi per musica 270
15 The Earl of Essex, servitore di due padrone 294
Bibliography 306
Index 317
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