Opera A History in Documents

ISBN-10: 0195116380
ISBN-13: 9780195116380
Edition: 2002
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Description: Opera: A History in Documents collects over one hundred primary-source documents for students of the history of opera. The varied selections - which include letters, excerpts of journals, bits of libretti, and contemporary criticism - provide  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Opera: A History in Documents collects over one hundred primary-source documents for students of the history of opera. The varied selections - which include letters, excerpts of journals, bits of libretti, and contemporary criticism - provide eye-witness commentary on the world of opera from its late-Renaissance infancy through modern times. Each selection is introduced by an extensive headnote that both explains the document's context and positions it in the book's overall narrative.

Preface
The Medici Wedding Festivities of 1589 (de' Rossi)
Pietro Bardi on the Birth of Opera
L'Euridice, the Second Opera (Buonarroti, Rinuccini, Peri, Caccini)
Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo (Guidotti, Cavalieri)
Monteverdi Criticizes a Libretto
Sant'Alessio at the Barberini Palace, Rome (Rospigliosi, Bouchard)
Opera Comes to Venice and Goes Public (Ivanovich)
Lully is Granted a Monopoly on Opera in French (Colbert, Lully)
The Grand Siecle Absorbs the Tragedie en musique (Perrault, La Fontaine, Boileau)
Saint-Evremond's Views on Opera
The First English Operas (Dryden)
Handel's Rinaldo at the Haymarket Theatre (Hill, G. Rossi, Addison, Steele)
Pier Jacopo Martello on Opera (1715)
The President de Bosses in Italy (1739)
Metastasio on Setting Dramatic Recitative to Music
From Rousseau's Confessions
The War of the Buffoons (d'Holbach)
Interlude: A Traveling Company (G. Gozzi)
Operatic Reform in Vienna: Gluck and Calzabigi
Gluck in Paris (Meister)
Mozart at Work on Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
Gretry's Richard Coeur-de-Lion (Meister, Gretry)
The Making of Le nozze di Figaro (L. and W.A. Mozart, Da Ponte)
Kierkegaard's Don Giovanni
Fidelio in 1806 (Rockel)
Berlioz's Estimate of Spontini
E. T. A. Hoffman on ""Music Drama That Springs from the Heart""
The First Performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Righetti-Giorgi)
Der Freischutz: A German Triumph (M. M. von Weber)
Parisian Grand Opera: Auber's La Muette de Portici as Seen by Wagner
Interlude: Madame Pasta (Hunt)
Verdi's Own Story of How Nabucco Was Composed
Verdi's Operatic Style Analyzed by a Contemporary (Basevi)
Wagner on the Evolution of his Style
Wagner's Theory of Drama
Divergent Reactions to Boris Godunov (Laroche, Stasov)
Tchaikovsky on Eugene Onegin
Nietzsche vs. Wagner
Verdi's Otello (Boito, Verdi, Morelli)
Interlude: Verdi and Wagner in Vienna (J. Sulzer)
Verismo (Verga)
Four Men at Work on La boheme (Illica, Puccini, Ricordi, Giacosa)
Pelleas et Melisande (Mauclair, journalist, Debussy)
Strauss and Hofmannsthal Work on Der Rosenkavalier
Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Ballasz)
Busoni and the Reinstatement of Disbelief
In Defense of Kat'a Kabanova (Stuart)
Alban Berg on Wozzeck
Brecht on ""Epic Opera""
Shostakovich and the Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Debacle (Shostakovich, Pravda)
Interlude: An Italian Claque (Montale)
Peter Grimes in Postwar London (Edm. Wilson)
Stravinsky, Auden, and The Rake's Progress
A First Reaction to Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites (Mila)
Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass (Page)
John Adams on Nixon in China
Index

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