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The Birth of an Opera

Fifteen Masterpieces from Poppea to Wozzeck


Συγγραφέας: Rose Michael
Εκδότης: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393060430
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 464
Διαστάσεις: 24x4x17
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Birth of an Opera"

Through a deft compilation of primary sources-letters, memoirs, and personal accounts from composers, librettists, and performers-Michael Rose re-creates for his readers the circumstances that gave rise to fifteen operatic milestones. From Monteverdi and Mozart to Puccini and Berg, each chapter focuses on a well-known opera and tells the story that lies behind its creation. Rather than retreading familiar ground with pages of historical and musical analysis, Rose places each opera firmly in the context of the composer's life and provides an engaging text in which the varied and colorful personalities involved are seen to discuss, comment, and contribute in one way or another to the progress of its composition. The reader will find Mozart with a new and flamboyant librettist tackling the risky enterprise of Le Nozze di Figaro; Wagner confessing his hidden love for the woman who inspires him as he creates the passionate drama of Tristan und Isolde; Verdi deep in Shakespearian discussion with Boito as they remodel the tragedy of Otello; and Debussy coming almost literally to blows with Maeterlinck over the soprano to take the leading role in Pelleas et Melisande. Throughout, Rose offers his readers the most direct possible link to events that have often become twisted or obscured by operatic myth, and in so doing he captures the bizarre interactions of chance, genius, practical necessity, and dogged determination that accompanied the making of some of opera's most enduring masterpieces.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Rose Michael
ISBN: 9780393060430
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 18/03/2013
Εκδότης: WW Norton & Co
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 464
Τόπος έκδοσης: New York
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 759 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 24x4x17 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 15 photographs

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