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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027571
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • 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
Introduction 1
1 The birth of a genre 7
2 Creators and performers of Viennese operetta 45
3 "Austria personified": Strauss and the search for Viennese identity 86
4 From ballroom to theatre: musical style and Indigo und die vierzig Rauber 109
5 Die Fledermaus and the illusion of carnival in Vienna 132
6 Austro-Hungarian relations and Der Zigeunerbaron 170
7 Waltzing Brunnhilde: Zukunftsmusik and viennese operetta 210
Epilogue 257
Appendix: synopses 262
Notes 269
Select bibliography 302
Index 315
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