Mozart-Da Ponte Operas The Cultural and Musical Background to le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte
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Edition: 1990 (Reprint)
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Mozart's collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte led to the composition of three of the greatest masterpieces in all opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cos fan tutte. The aim of this book is to guide the reader to deeper understanding and enjoyment of these enigmatic works, not so much through detailed musical analysis as through setting the scene for their composition. The author examines the cultural and social context in which they were written, the sort of audience who might have attended, and their tastes and expectations. He considers Mozart's own intentions and aspirations for these works, composed over a period of rapid intellectual and political change, during which his beliefs, ambitions, and position in society changed radically. At a musical level, Mozart's work underwent crucial stylistic developments that are manifest in these three operas. We are also given clues to da Ponte's view of opera and the type of entertainment he set out to create. Finally, the author looks at the practicalities of opera production in Mozart's time, all of which would have influenced the final creation of these works.
List price: $63.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/8/1990
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note concerning Currency|
|A Note to the Paperback Edition|
|The Social Context: Vienna and her Ruler|
|Musicians, Opera, and Audience in Mozart's Time|
|Mozart and Vienna|
|Mozart and his Personal Circle|
|Da Ponte and the Buffa Plot|
|Cosi fan tutte and Contemporary Morality|
|Mozart and Opera Buffa|
|Drama and Musical Form in Le nozze di Figaro|
|Don Giovanni: Musical Form and Dramatic Cohesion|
|Cosi fan tutte|
|Index of Mozart's Works|