Divas and Scholars

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226304885
Release Date: 2008-09-15
Genre: Music

Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett’s personal experiences of triumphant—and even failed—performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the world's leading authority on the performance of Italian opera, brings colorfully to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our most favorite operas. Gossett begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. He then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiations opera scholars and opera conductors and performers: What does it mean to talk about performing from a critical edition? How does one determine what music to perform when multiple versions of an opera exist? What are the implications of omitting passages from an opera in a performance? In addition to vexing questions such as these, Gossett also tackles issues of ornamentation and transposition in vocal style, the matters of translation and adaptation, and even aspects of stage direction and set design. Throughout this extensive and passionate work, Gossett enlivens his history with reports from his own experiences with major opera companies at venues ranging from the Metropolitan and Santa Fe operas to the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro. The result is a book that will enthrall both aficionados of Italian opera and newcomers seeking a reliable introduction to it—in all its incomparable grandeur and timeless allure.

Italian Opera

Author: David R. B. Kimbell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521466431
Release Date: 1994-03-10
Genre: Music

David Kimbell traces the history of Italian opera from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

Verdi in Performance

Author: Alison Latham
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198167350
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Music

'Impressive volume... as a Professor of music history, I would require graduate students, both performers and incipient musicologists, to read extensively from this volume, with full confidence that it would open their minds to the myriad problems inherent in editing and performing music and engender lively, thoughtful discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'Much of the material is clearly applicable to modern performance of a wide range of music... Verdi in Performance provides state-of-the-art discussion not only of Verdi scholarship as related to performance, but stimulating presentation of universal music performance concerns by some of the leading scholars, directors, and conductors currently active. The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'A book short in length but rich in intellectual stimulation.' -BBC Music Magazine'Anyone who minds about Verdi will find much here of interest.' -OperaThis anthology of essays by leading Verdi scholars and practitioners, which grew out of an international conference, is essential reading for anyone interested in the way Verdi's operas are performed. It is a lively debate on 'authentic' staging, performance practice, Verdi's ballet scores, and critical editions.

Operatica

Author: Marcus Felsner
Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
ISBN: 9783826039140
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Opera


Gioachino Rossini

Author: Denise P. Gallo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415994576
Release Date: 2010-01
Genre: Music

Giochino Rossini: A Research and Information Guideis designed as a tool for those beginning to study the life and works of Gioachino Rossini as well as for those who wish to explore beyond the established biographies and commentaries. The first edition was published in 2001, and represented a survey of some 878 publications relating to the composer’s life and works. The second edition is revised and updated to include the more than 150 books and articles written in the field of Rossini studies since then. Contents range from sources published in the early decades of the nineteenth century to works currently in progress. General subject areas include Rossini's biography, historical and analytical studies of his operatic and non-operatic compositions, his personal and professional associations, and the reassessment of his role in the development of nineteenth-century music.

Musik und Erinnern

Author: Christian Glanz
Publisher: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag
ISBN: 9783990121771
Release Date: 2015-01-07
Genre: Music

Musikalische "Erinnerungsorte" stellen die verbindende Klammer für sehr unterschiedliche Annäherungen an ein weites Themenfeld dar, welches von der Musikwissenschaftlerin Cornelia Szabó-Knotik in zahlreichen Fachpublikationen untersucht wurde. In Würdigung ihrer Leistungen im Sinne einer Ausweitung musikwissenschaftlicher Forschungszugänge behandeln die Beiträge sowohl musikgeschichtliche Fragestellungen im engeren Sinne, als auch die Rolle von Medien und Geschichtskonstruktionen in unterschiedlichen Kontexten.

The New Grove Masters of Italian Opera

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393303616
Release Date: 1997-07-01
Genre: Music

These five biographies provide the first complete survey of Italian opera from the early buffo operas of Rossini to Verdi's great masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, and the verismo operas of Puccini. Andrew Porter has been highly praised for his original and enlightening account of Verdi, and Philip Gossett has received similar acclaim for his treatment of Rossini. Porter, Gossett, William Ashbrooke, Julian Budden, Mosco Carner, and Friedrich Lippmann, all acknowledged experts in the field of Italian opera, combine to offer insight into the traditions and workings of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of opera. Book jacket.

Opera Acts

Author: Karen Henson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316194171
Release Date: 2015-01-15
Genre: Music

Opera Acts explores a wealth of new historical material about singers in the late nineteenth century and challenges the idea that this was a period of decline for the opera singer. In detailed case studies of four figures - the late Verdi baritone Victor Maurel; Bizet's first Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié; Massenet's muse of the 1880s and '90s, Sibyl Sanderson; and the early Wagner star Jean de Reszke - Karen Henson argues that singers in the late nineteenth century continued to be important, but in ways that were not conventionally 'vocal'. Instead they enjoyed a freedom and creativity based on their ability to express text, act and communicate physically, and exploit the era's media. By these and other means, singers played a crucial role in the creation of opera up to the end of the nineteenth century.

Eine Geschichte der Oper

Author: Carolyn Abbate
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406655432
Release Date: 2013-10-18
Genre: Music

Die Oper ist in vielerlei Hinsicht das außergewöhnlichste künstlerische Medium der letzten 400 Jahre: Opernhäuser, Ausstattung, Technik und nicht zuletzt die Künstler lassen sie zu einer nachgerade unerschwinglich teuren Kunstform werden – eine Kunstform, die zudem offenkundig unrealistisch ist. Und doch vermag nichts anderes menschliche Leidenschaften mit solch überwältigender Kraft, Dramatik und Gefühlsstärke auszudrücken wie gerade die Oper. Dieses Buch – seit langem die erste einbändige und zugleich umfassende Gesamtdarstellung zu diesem Thema – liest sich wie eine Ode an die Oper selbst. Seine beiden Autoren stellen zahlreiche Werke der bekanntesten Opernkomponisten vor: von Monteverdi, Händel und Mozart über Verdi, Wagner, Strauss und Puccini bis zu Berg und Britten. Sie bieten einen anschaulichen, oft amüsanten und stets informativen Überblick über die sozialen und politischen Hintergründe der jeweiligen Kompositionen, beziehen deren literarische Kontexte und die wirtschaftlichen Verhältnisse mit ein, unter denen sie entstanden sind, und vernachlässigen auch nicht die Polemiken, die das Operngeschehen über die Jahrhunderte kontinuierlich begleitet haben. Auch wenn inzwischen die beliebtesten und langlebigsten Werke aus einer längst vergangenen Epoche stammen, deren Lebensumstände uns heute völlig fremd sind – und auch wenn die zeitgenössische Oper heutzutage auf den Bühnen kaum eine Rolle spielt –, so hat die Oper doch nichts an Reiz, Lebendigkeit und Attraktion eingebüßt. Heute wie vor 400 Jahren lässt sie das Publikum Tränen vergießen, zischen, heftig debattieren oder in Begeisterungsstürme ausbrechen. In dieser Wirkungsmacht übertrifft sie jede andere Kunstform.

The Verdi Ballets

Author: Knud Arne Jürgensen
Publisher: EDT srl
ISBN: 8885065120
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Music


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ISBN: UOM:39015057458351
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Opera


Bayreuth

Author: Anna Bahr-Mildenburg
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 9783956350108
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Music

Dieses Werk beschreibt das Leben in Bayreuth um 1911. Aufgeteilt ist das Buch in die Kapitel: Cosima Wagner, Probezeit in Bayreuth, Kapellmeister Müller, Bayreuther Stimmung, das Bayreuter Gespräch, das Bayreuther Wunder, die Meistersinger, Snöbl gegen Wagner und Bayreuth. Die Wagner-Interpretin Anna Bahr-Mildenburg schrieb die ersten drei Aufsätze. Ihr Ehemann Hermann Bahr, ein Dichter, Essayist und Kritiker, verfasste die übrigen.

The Life of Bellini

Author: John Rosselli
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521467810
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Vincenzo Bellini's physical beauty, boundless success, and untimely death at the age of thirty-three combined to give him instant mythical status. In John Rosselli's new account, the first in English in twenty-five years, of his life and music, a more accurate view of Bellini emerges. Carefully sorting through fact, legend and even spurious documentation, Rosselli reassesses Bellini's personality, his relationships, and his short but dazzling career in Naples, Milan and Paris. He introduces the operatic world of the early nineteenth century, the singers of Bellini's roles, and, above all he explains the writing and performance of the operas themselves. What emerges from this level-headed biography is a portrait of an otherwise normal young man with uncommon musical gifts.