W. A. Mozart: Così fan tutte

W. A. Mozart: Così fan tutte

by Bruce Alan Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521437350

ISBN-13: 9780521437356

Pub. Date: 10/26/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

At once the most light-hearted and most disturbing of Mozart and Da Ponte's Italian comic operas, Così fan tutte has provoked widely differing reactions from listeners for more than two centuries. Bruce Alan Brown offers several paths toward a closer understanding of the work, providing a detailed account of the libretto's complex origins in myth and Italian

Overview

At once the most light-hearted and most disturbing of Mozart and Da Ponte's Italian comic operas, Così fan tutte has provoked widely differing reactions from listeners for more than two centuries. Bruce Alan Brown offers several paths toward a closer understanding of the work, providing a detailed account of the libretto's complex origins in myth and Italian literary classics. The Handbook also reveals surprising new information on the role played by Mozart's rival Salieri. It contains a full synopsis, performance history, illustrations from key productions, and a bibliography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521437356
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/26/2002
Series:
Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Genesis; 3. Synopsis 4. The sources of an 'original' libretto; 5. Così fan tutte, or 'La Partie carrée: the eighteenth-century context of a theatrical subject; 6. The musical dramaturgy of the opera; 7. Performance and criticism; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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