Verdi's Theater: Creating Drama Through Music / Edition 2

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Overview

In this innovative study, Gilles de Van focuses on an often neglected aspect of Verdi's operas: their effectiveness as theater. De Van argues that two main aesthetic conceptions underlie all of Verdi's works: that of the "melodrama" and the "musical drama." In the melodrama the composer relies mainly on dramatic intensity and the rhythm linking various stages of the plot, using exemplary characters and situations. But in the musical drama reality begins to blur, the musical forms lose their excessively neat patterns, and doubt and ambiguity undermine characters and situations, reflecting the crisis of character typical of modernity.

Although melodrama tends to dominate Verdi's early work and musical drama his later, both aesthetics are woven into all his operas: musical drama is already present in Ernani (1844), and melodrama is still present in Otello (1887). Indeed, much of the interest and originality of Verdi's operas lies in his adherence to both these contradictory systems, allowing the composer/dramatist to be simultaneously classical and modern, traditionalist and innovator.

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What People Are Saying

David Rosen
This is an extraordinarily insighful study of Verdi's dramaturgy by a leading scholar of Verdi and of Italian literature. Unlike many studies by scholars whose academic home base is literature, deVan not only recognizes that in opera 'drama' comprises text and music, but he is also able to integrate the music cogently into his discussion.
— Cornell University
Peter Brooks
[de Van] has written a lively, persuasive, wholly engaging book, on Verdi, on nineteenth-century opera, and on the very idea of this improbable and glorious genre. This is a significant study, one that should reach an audience well beyond specialists in issues that still preoccupy us.
— Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226143699
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Verdi, Dramatist
2. Aesthetics
3. Working on the Libretto
4. Melodrama
5. Metamorphoses I
6. Metamorphoses II
7. Music Drama
8. Unity
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Verdi Operas

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