History Through the Opera Glass

History Through the Opera Glass

by George Jellinek
     
 

(Limelight). This first-of-its-kind, highly entertaining, and carefully researched account reveals how nearly 200 operas by leading composers and librettists have portrayed the major events and personalities of more than 2000 years of history. In a continuous and absorbing narrative, the book sweeps from Roman times to 1820, with a cast of characters that includes…  See more details below

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(Limelight). This first-of-its-kind, highly entertaining, and carefully researched account reveals how nearly 200 operas by leading composers and librettists have portrayed the major events and personalities of more than 2000 years of history. In a continuous and absorbing narrative, the book sweeps from Roman times to 1820, with a cast of characters that includes Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Attila, Charlemagne, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, Napoleon and hundreds more. All are seen as the figures historians generally perceive them to have been and as their on-stage counterparts, created and re-imagined by some of opera's greatest artists.

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All the world is indeed a stage in History Through the Opera Glass, an inventive and entertaining reflection on 2,000 years of history as presented in almost 200 operas, ranging from Giulio Cesare to War and Peace. Major historical figures and events are presented as they have traditionally been depicted by historians, and then as they have been rendered in opera.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879102845
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.03(d)

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