Story of Opera

ISBN-10: 0393935558
ISBN-13: 9780393935554
Edition: 2013
Authors: James Parakilas
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Description: The Story of Opera explores the centuries-old tradition in which the emotional power of music is linked to the human issues that can be enacted as stories. The first part, Going to the Opera, introduces newcomers to every element of the operatic  More...

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Book details

List price: $96.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 473
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The Story of Opera explores the centuries-old tradition in which the emotional power of music is linked to the human issues that can be enacted as stories. The first part, Going to the Opera, introduces newcomers to every element of the operatic experience—venues, seating arrangements, dress and costumes, stage effects, orchestra, singers, and dancers—describing how each began and changed over the years, and how they have all combined to enthrall audiences for four centuries. The remaining parts explore operatic repertory from the 17th century to the present, providing insightful readings of plots, particular scenes, staging, and music.

James Parakilas is Professor of Performing Arts at Bates College, where he teaches courses on music history and culture, music theory, and musical performance. He is the author of numerous publications, including Ballads Without Words: Chopin and the Tradition of the Instrumental Ballade, and Piano Roles: 300 Years of Life with the Piano.

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