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What is opera? Contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Opera respond to this deceptively simple question with a rich and compelling exploration of opera's adaption to changing artistic and political currents. Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons, audience, and creators. The synergy of power, performance, and identity recurs thematically throughout the volume's major topics: "Words, Music, and Meaning"; "Performance and Production"; "Opera and Society"; and "Transmission and Reception." Individual essays engage with repertoire from Monteverdi, Mozart, and Meyerbeer to Strauss, Henze, and Adams in studies of composition, national identity, transmission, reception, sources, media, iconography, humanism, the art of collecting, theory, analysis, commerce, singers, directors, criticism, editions, politics, staging, race, and gender. The title of the penultimate section, "Opera on the Edge," suggests the uncertainty of opera's future: is opera headed towards catastrophe or have social and musical developments of the last hundred years stimulated something new and exciting-and, well, operatic? In an epilogue to the volume, a contemporary opera composer speaks candidly about opera composition today.
The Oxford Handbook of Opera is an essential companion to scholars, educators, advanced students, performers, and knowledgeable listeners: those who simply love opera.
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The best writers here are erudite, witty, thoughtful, a little weird. They can analyse and explain but they are are still prepared to surrender to the impact of a greedy, usually overtly emotional art form (Anna Picard, The Times Literary Supplement)
Greenwald and her large cast are to be congratulated on having produced a major contribution to opera scholarship. No single theme or thesis is propounded; rather, the book convers and exceptionally wide range of issues intelligently investigated. (Daniel Snowman, Opera)
It will provide a lot of background and history of the genre to readers ... deserve a place in specialist music libraries. (Stella Thebridge, Reference Reviews)
Helen M. Greenwald is a musicologist, cellist, and translator on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Her work has appeared in such journals as 19th-Century Music, Acta Musicologica, Music & Letters, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Current Musicology, the Mozart-Jahrbuch, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Notes, Studi musicali toscani, Newsletter of the Résource Internationale d'Iconographie Musicale, and Cambridge Opera Journal.
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Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione: Brand New. 1177 pages. 9.00x7.00x3.00 inches. In Stock. Codice articolo zk0195335538