Johann Strauss and Vienna: Operetta and the Politics of Popular Culture

Johann Strauss and Vienna: Operetta and the Politics of Popular Culture

by Camille Crittenden
     
 

The transformation of Vienna and the Habsburg Empire at the end of the nineteenth century was accompanied by the development of a new musical genre, Viennese operetta, and no composer was better suited than Johann Strauss to express his native city's pride and anxiety during this period. Camille Crittenden provides an overview of Viennese operetta, then takes Strauss'… See more details below

Overview

The transformation of Vienna and the Habsburg Empire at the end of the nineteenth century was accompanied by the development of a new musical genre, Viennese operetta, and no composer was better suited than Johann Strauss to express his native city's pride and anxiety during this period. Camille Crittenden provides an overview of Viennese operetta, then takes Strauss' works as a series of case studies in the interaction between stage works and audience. The book also examines Strauss' role as national icon during his lifetime and throughout the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027571
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations and short titles
Introduction1
1The birth of a genre7
2Creators and performers of Viennese operetta45
3"Austria personified": Strauss and the search for Viennese identity86
4From ballroom to theatre: musical style and Indigo und die vierzig Rauber109
5Die Fledermaus and the illusion of carnival in Vienna132
6Austro-Hungarian relations and Der Zigeunerbaron170
7Waltzing Brunnhilde: Zukunftsmusik and viennese operetta210
Epilogue257
Appendix: synopses262
Notes269
Select bibliography302
Index315

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