Opera and the Enlightenment

Opera and the Enlightenment

by Thomas Bauman, Marita Petzoldt McClymonds
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521034779

ISBN-13: 9780521034777

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first collection of essays to explore the wide dimensions and influence of eighteenth-century opera. In a series of fresh articles by leading scholars in the field, new perspectives are offered on the important figures of the day, including Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Rameau, and Mozart, and on the fundamental problems of creation, revision, borrowing,…  See more details below

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This is the first collection of essays to explore the wide dimensions and influence of eighteenth-century opera. In a series of fresh articles by leading scholars in the field, new perspectives are offered on the important figures of the day, including Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Rameau, and Mozart, and on the fundamental problems of creation, revision, borrowing, influence, and intertextuality. Other essays reinterpret librettos of serious opera in the French and Italian theater during the later eighteenth century. Sister arts, notably painting, the novel, ballet, and the spoken stage are also examined in their relationship to the development of opera. Bracketing the collection are studies of the early pastoral opera and of Prokofief, which expand our historical view of operatic life during the Age of Reason. The book contains numerous rare illustrations, and will be of interest to scholars and students of opera and theater history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034777
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Library abbreviations
Introduction1
1Pastoral and musical magic in the birth of opera7
2Moralizing at the tomb: Poussin's Arcadian shepherds in eighteenth-century England and Germany23
3Dr. Burney, the bear, and the knight: E. F. Burney's Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music43
4New light(s) on Weber's Wolf's Glen Scene61
5Sinfonia and drama in early eighteenth-century opera seria91
6The dramatic role of the chorus in French opera: evidence for the use of gesture, 1670-1770105
7Transforming opera seria: Verazi's innovations and their impact on opera in Italy119
8Handel's Serse135
9The "sweet song" in Demofoonte: a Gluck borrowing from Handel168
10Zephire et Flore: a "galant" early ballet by Angiolini and Gluck189
11Gluck's Iphigenia operas: sources and strategies217
12The "storm" music of Beaumarchais' Barbier de Seville243
13On Don Giovanni, No. 2260
14Leopold II, Mozart, and the return to a Golden Age271
15From fairy tale to opera in four moves (not so simple)299
Index308

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