Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

by Paul Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521458528

ISBN-13: 9780521458528

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Fidelio is Beethoven's only complete opera and one of the most admired, and problematic, in the repertoire. This Opera Handbook explores the fascinating musical and dramatic elements within the work as well as the debt to the traditions of French opera in the late eighteenth century and the French Revolution. Winton Dean offers a comparison of the opera's first (1805)…  See more details below

Overview

Fidelio is Beethoven's only complete opera and one of the most admired, and problematic, in the repertoire. This Opera Handbook explores the fascinating musical and dramatic elements within the work as well as the debt to the traditions of French opera in the late eighteenth century and the French Revolution. Winton Dean offers a comparison of the opera's first (1805) and final (1814) versions. Essays by Michael Tusa and Joseph Kerman consider its musical idiom and the challenges Beethoven faced as an instrumental composer trying his hand at opera. A final chapter examines the opera's performance history, and the volume also includes a synopsis, bibliography, and informative illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521458528
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Synopsis; 3. Beethoven and opera Winton Dean; 4. The French theatrical origins of Fidelio David Charlton; 5. Fidelio and the French Revolution; 6. Music as drama: structure, style and process in Fidelio Michael C. Tusa; 7. Augenblicke in Fidelio Joseph Kerman; 8. An interpretive history; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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