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Author Cannon, Robert, 1947- author

Title Opera / Robert Cannon
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 431 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge introductions to music
Cambridge introductions to music.
Contents Part I : The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Pre-operatic forms -- First operatic forms -- Formalisation -- Reform : the reintegration of elements -- Comedy and the 'real world' -- Authentic performance -- -- Part II : The nineteenth century. Romanticism and romantic opera in Germany -- Opera in nineteenth-century Italy -- Grand opéra and the visual language of opera -- The Wagnerian revolution -- Nationalists : vernacular language and music -- The role of the singer -- -- Part III : The twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The turn of the century and the crisis in opera -- First modernism : Symbolist and Expressionist opera -- The dramaturgy of opera : libretto -- words and structures -- Narrative opera : realistic and non-realistic -- Radical narratives -- Directors and the direction of opera
Summary What is opera and how does it work? How has this dramatic form developed and what is its relevance in the modern world? Perfect for music students and opera-goers, this introductory guide addresses these questions and many more, exploring opera as a complete theatrical experience. Organised chronologically and avoiding technical musical terminology, the book clearly demonstrates how opera reflected and reacted to changes in the world around it. A special feature of the volume is the inclusion of illustrative tables throughout. These provide detailed, easy to follow analysis of arias, scenes and acts; visual guides to historical movements; and chronologies relating to genres and individual composers' works. Overall, the book fosters an understanding of opera as a living form as it encounters and uses material from an ever expanding repertoire in time, place and culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Opera.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511980558 (electronic bk.)
1139220292 (electronic bk.)
1139223720 (electronic bk.)
9780511980558 (electronic bk.)
9781139220293 (electronic bk.)
9781139223720 (electronic bk.)