Recognition in Mozart's Operas

Recognition in Mozart's Operas

by Jessica Waldoff


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Recognition in Mozart's Operas by Jessica Waldoff

Since its beginnings, opera has depended on recognition as a central aspect of both plot and theme. Though a standard feature of opera, recognition—a moment of new awareness that brings about a crucial reversal in the action—has been largely neglected in opera studies. In Recognition in Mozart's Operas, musicologist Jessica Waldoff draws on a broad base of critical thought on recognition from Aristotle to Terence Cave to explore the essential role it plays in Mozart's operas. The result is a fresh approach to the familiar question of opera as drama and a persuasive new reading of Mozart's operas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199856305
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/26/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jessica Waldoff is an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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