9780231119580

A Short History of Opera

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231119580

  • ISBN10:

    0231119585

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/1/2003
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

When first published in 1947, A Short History of Operaimmediately achieved international status as a classic in the field. Now, more than five decades later, this thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition informs and entertains opera lovers just as its predecessors have.The fourth edition incorporates new scholarship that traces the most important developments in the evolution of musical drama. After surveying anticipations of the operatic form in the lyric theater of the Greeks, medieval dramatic music, and other forerunners, the book reveals the genre's beginnings in the seventeenth century and follows its progress to the present day.A Short History of Operaexamines not only the standard performance repertoire, but also works considered important for the genre's development. Its expanded scope investigates opera from Eastern European countries and Finland. The section on twentieth-century opera has been reorganized around national operatic traditions including a chapter devoted solely to opera in the United States, which incorporates material on the American musical and ties between classical opera and popular musical theater. A separate section on Chinese opera is also included.With an extensive multilanguage bibliography, more than one hundred musical examples, and stage illustrations, this authoritative one-volume survey will be invaluable to students and serious opera buffs. New fans will also find it highly accessible and informative. Extremely thorough in its coverage, A Short History of Operais now more than ever the book to turn to for anyone who wants to know about the history of this art form.

Author Biography

Hermine Weigel Williams is Scholar-in-Residence at Hamilton College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface to the Fourth Edition xi
Introduction 1(8)
PART 1 Music and Drama to the End of the Sixteenth Century
1 The Lyric Theater of the Greeks
9(4)
2 Medieval Dramatic Music
13(8)
3 The Immediate Forerunners of Opera
21(20)
PART 2 The Seventeenth Century
4 The Beginnings: Opera in Florence and Mantea
41(19)
5 Other Early Seventeenth-Century Italian Court Operas, Including the First Comic Operas in Florence and Rome
60(23)
6 Italian Opera in the Later Seventeenth Century in Italy
83(24)
7 Seventeenth-Century Italian Opera in German-Speaking Lands
107(14)
8 Early German Opera
121(11)
9 Opera in France from Lully to Charpentier
132(15)
10 Opera in England
147(18)
PART 3 The Eighteenth Century
11 Masters of the Early Eighteenth Century
165(38)
12 Opera Seria: General Characteristics
203(22)
13 Opera Seria: The Composers
225(28)
14 The Operas of Gluck
253(19)
15 The Comic Opera of the Eighteenth Century
272(33)
16 The Operas of Mozart and His Viennese Contemporaries
305(30)
PART 4 The Nineteenth Century
17 The Turn of the Century
335(18)
18 Grand Opera
353(16)
19 Opéra Comique, Operetta, and Lyric Opera
369(14)
20 Italian Opera of the Primo Ottocento: Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Their Contemporaries
383(34)
21 The Romantic Opera in Germany
417(19)
22 The Operas of Wagner
436(37)
23 The Later Nineteenth Century: France, Italy, Germany, and Austria
473(34)
PART 5 Other National Traditions of Opera from the Seventeenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries
24 National Traditions of Opera
507(70)
PART 6 The Twentieth Century
25 Introduction Opera in France and Italy
577(34)
26 Opera in the German-Speaking Countries
611(51)
27 National Opera in Russia and Neighboring Countries; Central and Eastern Europe; Greece and Turkey; the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland; Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
662(46)
28 Opera in the British Isles, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
708(21)
29 Opera in the United States
729(58)
Appendix: Chinese Opera (Xiqu) 787(8)
List of Abbreviations 795(2)
Bibliography 797(100)
Sources and Translations of Musical Examples 897(14)
Index 911

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