Mozart's Operas A Companion

ISBN-10: 0300118333
ISBN-13: 9780300118339
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mary Hunter
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Description: This wise and friendly guide to Mozart7;s operas encompasses the full range of his most popular works-Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cos'236;, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Clemenza di Tito-as well as lesser known works likeMitridateandIl re Pastore. Music  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 12/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

This wise and friendly guide to Mozart7;s operas encompasses the full range of his most popular works-Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cos'236;, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Clemenza di Tito-as well as lesser known works likeMitridateandIl re Pastore. Music historian Mary Hunter provides a lively introduction to each opera for any listener who has enjoyed a performance, either on the stage or in a video recording, and who wishes to understand the opera more fully. TheCompanionincludes a synopsis and commentary on each work, as well as background information on the three main genres in which Mozart wrote: opera seria, opera buffa, and Singspiel. An essay on the 0;anatomy1; of a Mozart opera points out the musical conventions with which the composer worked and suggests nontechnical ways to think about his musical choices. The book also places modern productions of the operas in historical context and explores how modern directors, producers, and conductors present Mozart7;s works today. Filled with factual information and interesting issues to ponder while watching a performance, this guide will appeal to newcomers and seasoned opera aficionados alike.

Introduction
The musical anatomy of Mozart's operas
Mozart and opera seria
Mozart and Singspiel
Mozart and opera buffa
A brief note on the unfinished and miscellaneous operas
Mozart's theaters
Mozart's social world
Mozart operas in production
Notes
Further reading
List of screened productions cited
A chronology of Mozart's operas
Index

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