W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni

ISBN-10: 0521296633
ISBN-13: 9780521296632
Edition: 1981
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Description: This book is a study of Mozart's Don Giovanni, his second opera to a libretto by da Ponte. Although it is one of the handful of best-known and most often performed operas of the last two hundred years, Don Giovanni is seldom given in an authentic  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/29/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

This book is a study of Mozart's Don Giovanni, his second opera to a libretto by da Ponte. Although it is one of the handful of best-known and most often performed operas of the last two hundred years, Don Giovanni is seldom given in an authentic form and arguments persist as to its nature. Julian Rushton takes the view that, notwithstanding the tragic nature of certain scenes, it must be regarded as an opera buffa. He gives a brief summary of its history and life in the theatre, but the chief historical essay (by Edward Forman) concerns the subject-matter before it reached da Ponte. The book includes a very detailed synopsis which forms the basis of an extended commentary on the librettist's handling of a plot constructed of both original and inherited ideas. Bernard Williams contributes an essay on Don Giovanni as an idea in literature and philosophy since Mozart. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography, and a discography of complete recordings compiled by Malcolm Walker.

General preface
List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Synopsis
Don Juan before da Ponte
The libretto
Don Giovanni in the theatre
Don Giovanni as an idea
The music
The literature of Don Giovanni
Notes
Select bibliography
Bibliography for Chapter 3
Discography
Index

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