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Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice

Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice

by Beth Glixon, Jonathan Glixon


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ISBN-13: 9780195342970
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Series: AMS Studies in Music Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Beth L. Glixon received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 and has been an instructor in musicology at the University of Kentucky since 1995. She has published articles in Music & Letters, Journal of Musicology, Early Music History, Early Music, and Musical Quarterly, and has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society of Seventeenth Century Music, of which she was one of the founding officers.
Jonathan Glixon received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1979, and has taught at the University of Washington and, since 1983, at the University of Kentucky, where he is currently Professor of Musicology. He has published his work in such journals as Journal of the American Musicological SocietyR, Journal of Musicology, and Music and Letters, and in English, Italian, and Australian publications. His book, Honoring God and the City: Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807, was published by Oxford in 2003.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Business of Opera
1. Introduction to the Business of Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: People and Finances
2. The Boxes: A Major Source of Income
3. Marco Faustini and His Companies
4. Case Studies: Companies and Opera Production at Four Venetian Theaters
Part 2: The Musical Production
5. The Libretto
6. The Composition and the Production of the Opera Score
7. Singers
8. Dancers, Extras, and the Orchestra
Part 3: The Physical Production
9. Scenery and Machines
10. Costumes
Part 4: Consumers and Patrons
11. The Audience and the Question of Patronage
1. A Brief Chronicle of Opera Productions in Venice from 1651 to 1668
2. A Note on the Venetian Social Class System and Venetian Geography
3. A Note on the Venetian Monetary System
4. Documents
5. The Impresario's Year: A Calendar of Marco Faustini's Impresarial Activities for 1651/52 and 1654/55
n 7. Paid Attendance for Six Seasons in the 1650s and 1660s

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