Unsung Voices: Opera and Musical Narrative in the Nineteenth Century

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Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music. The nineteenth-century metaphor of music that "sings" is thus reanimated in a new context, and Abbate proposes interpretive strategies that "de-center" music criticism, that seek the polyphony and dialogism of music, and that celebrate musical gestures often ...
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Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music. The nineteenth-century metaphor of music that "sings" is thus reanimated in a new context, and Abbate proposes interpretive strategies that "de-center" music criticism, that seek the polyphony and dialogism of music, and that celebrate musical gestures often marginalized by conventional music analysis.Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music. The nineteenth-century metaphor of music that "sings" is thus reanimated in a new context, and Abbate proposes interpretive strategies that "de-center" music criticism, that seek the polyphony and dialogism of music, and that celebrate musical gestures often marginalized by conventional music analysis.
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Opera Quarterly
This important book concerns not only particular operas but certain general aspects of the way in which we hear music.... We will ... want to reflect further on a good many of its arguments ... because what Abbate offers in Unsung Voices is not only ... a set of conclusions but a powerful machine to think with.
— Lawrence Rosenwald
The New Republic
Abbate establishes a critical dialogue between music's desire to convey narrative information and its sensual resistance to such signification.... Abbate is the most original writer on Wagner to appear since Dahlhaus.... Her essay 'Brünnhilde Walks by Night' is a tour de force of imaginative interpretation.
— David Schiff
The New Republic - David Schiff
Abbate establishes a critical dialogue between music's desire to convey narrative information and its sensual resistance to such signification.... Abbate is the most original writer on Wagner to appear since Dahlhaus.... Her essay 'Brünnhilde Walks by Night' is a tour de force of imaginative interpretation.
Opera Quarterly - Lawrence Rosenwald
This important book concerns not only particular operas but certain general aspects of the way in which we hear music.... We will ... want to reflect further on a good many of its arguments ... because what Abbate offers in Unsung Voices is not only ... a set of conclusions but a powerful machine to think with.
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"Abbate establishes a critical dialogue between music's desire to convey narrative information and its sensual resistance to such signification.... Abbate is the most original writer on Wagner to appear since Dahlhaus.... Her essay 'Brünnhilde Walks by Night' is a tour de force of imaginative interpretation."—David Schiff, The New Republic

"This important book concerns not only particular operas but certain general aspects of the way in which we hear music.... We will ... want to reflect further on a good many of its arguments ... because what Abbate offers in Unsung Voices is not only ... a set of conclusions but a powerful machine to think with."—Lawrence Rosenwald, Opera Quarterly

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  • ISBN-13: 9780691091402
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Series: Princeton Studies in Opera Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
CHAPTER ONE Music's Voices
CHAPTER TWO What the Sorcerer Said
CHAPTER THREE Cherubino Uncovered: Reflexivity in Operatic Narration
CHAPTER FOUR Mahler's Deafness: Opera and the Scene of Narration in Todtenfeier
CHAPTER FIVE Wotan's Monologue and the Morality of Musical Narration
CHAPTER SIX Brunnhilde Walks by Night
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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