Georges Bizet - Carmen

ISBN-10: 0521398975
ISBN-13: 9780521398978
Edition: 1992
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Description: Bizet's Carmen is probably the best known opera of the standard repertoire, yet its very familiarity often prevents us from approaching it with the seriousness it deserves. This Handbook explores the opera in a number of contexts, bringing to the  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/9/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Bizet's Carmen is probably the best known opera of the standard repertoire, yet its very familiarity often prevents us from approaching it with the seriousness it deserves. This Handbook explores the opera in a number of contexts, bringing to the surface the controversies over gender, race, class and musical propriety. After a study of Mrime's story Carmen by Peter Robinson, Susan McClary examines the social tensions in nineteenth-century France that inform both that story and the opera, and traces the opera through its genesis and reception. The Handbook concludes with discussions of four films based on the opera. The volume contains a bibliography, music examples, and a synopsis and will be of interest to students, scholars, and operagoers.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Merimee's 'Carmen' Peter Robinson
The genesis of Bizet's Carmen
Images of race, class and gender in nineteenth-century French culture
The musical languages of Carmen
Synopsis and analysis
The reception of Carmen
Carmen on film
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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