ISBN-10:
0520254821
ISBN-13:
9780520254824
Pub. Date:
08/04/2008
Publisher:
University of California Press
Brecht at the Opera / Edition 1

Brecht at the Opera / Edition 1

by Joy H. Calico

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520254824
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/04/2008
Series: California Studies in 20th-Century Music , #9
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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 Illustrations
Acknowledgments


Introduction
1. Lehrstück, Opera, and the New Audience Contract of the Epic Theater
2. The Operatic Roots of Gestus in The Mother and Round Heads and Pointed Heads
3. Fragments of Opera in American Exile
4. Lucullus: Opera and National Identity
5. Brecht's Legacy for Opera: Estrangement and the Canon

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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"A noteworthy, compelling, and occasionally provocative addition to the vast body of literature about Brecht that even literary scholars would not want to miss perusing."—H-German

"An impressive book: impeccably researched, with two essential and pioneering chapters and three more which have much of interest to offer."—Comparative Drama

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