Brecht at the Opera / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- University of California Press
From an award-winning author, the first thorough examination of the important influence of opera on Brecht’s writings.Brecht at the Opera looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society even as he continued to work on opera projects throughout his career. He completed three operas and attempted two dozen more with composers such as Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau. Joy H. Calico argues that Brecht's simultaneous work on opera and Lehrstück in the 1920s generated the new concept of audience experience that would come to define epic theater, and that his revisions to the theory of Gestus in the mid-1930s are reminiscent of nineteenth-century opera performance practices of mimesis.
About the Author
Joy H. Calico is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology and Professor of German Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe.
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgments
Introduction1. Lehrstück, Opera, and the New Audience Contract of the Epic Theater2. The Operatic Roots of Gestus in The Mother and Round Heads and Pointed Heads3. Fragments of Opera in American Exile4. Lucullus: Opera and National Identity5. Brecht's Legacy for Opera: Estrangement and the CanonNotesBibliography
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