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Author Lockhart, Ellen, author

Title Animation, plasticity, and music in Italy, 1770-1830 / Ellen Lockhart

Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Contents Introduction -- Dancing statues -- Pimmalione -- Defining Italy in haunted Rome -- Partial animacy and blind listening in Napoleonic Italy -- Giuditta pasta and the history of musical electrification -- Conclusion
Summary "This pathbreaking study of Italian stage works reconsiders a crucial period of music history: the late eighteenth century through the early nineteenth century. In her interdisciplinary examination of the statue animated by music, Ellen Lockhart deftly shows how Enlightenment ideas influenced Italian theater and music and vice versa. As Lockhart concludes, the animated statue became a fundamental figure within aesthetic theory and musical practice during the years spanning 1770-1830. Animation, plasticity, and music in Italy, 1770-1830 begins with an exploration of a repertoire of Italian ballets, melodramas, and operas from around 1800, then traces and connects a set of core ideas between science, philosophy, theories of language, itinerant performance traditions, the epistemology of sensing, and music criticism."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Dramatic music -- Italy -- 18th century.
Dramatic music -- Italy -- 19th century.
Enlightenment -- Italy -- Influence.
Operas -- Literary themes, motives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520960068 (electronic bk.)
9780520960060 (electronic bk.)