Stephen Storace (1762-96) was a prominent opera composer in London. His works exemplify the best in English opera, with music closely integrated with the drama, and including attractive tunes the audience could sing and play at home. This book provides unique insights into the musical world of the period, examining theatrical life and music publishing from the perspective of Storace's works.
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Jane Girdham is at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan.Review:
`Jane Girdham had the choice of writing a musical biography padded out with "times" and "contexts", or producing a straightforward factual biography with attendant chapters. She has honourably chosen the latter course.' Times Literary Supplement
`Girdham manages to offer the reader a similar balance between social and biographical information on the one hand, and analysis of Storace's music on the other. Girdham is careful not to blow his trumpet too loudly, but she makes a clear and sensible case for his receiving more attention than he has up to now.' Lucien Jenkins, Classical Music
`useful book ... Girdham provides interesting insights too into how a production evolved ... undoubted value as a reference work' Della Couling, Opera Now
`Girdham presents him as the dominating force in music at Drury Lane from 1788 to his death in 1796 ... Girdham is careful not to blow his trumpet too loudly, but she makes a clear and sensible case for his receiving more attention than he has up to now.' Early Music Today
`there is much to recommend it. It has the merits and some of the defects of its origin in a doctoral dissertation. Girdham goes thoroughly into the theatrical background, quoting liberally from manuscript sources and the contemporary press, and is not afraid to dip her toes in the murky waters of copyright ... Girdham makes the best possible case for Storance. She illustrates his gift for melody, with and neat scoring, and stresses his principal innovation, the introduction of lively and extended ensembles and finales.' Winton Dean, Music and Letters
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0198162545
Descrizione libro Clarendon Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 272 pages. 9.50x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0198162545