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

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

by Gilles de Van
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226143694

ISBN-13: 9780226143699

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226143699
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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