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Divas and Scholars

Divas and Scholars Author Philip Gossett
ISBN-10 9780226304885
Release 2008-09-15
Pages 704
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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

Italian Opera Author David R. B. Kimbell
ISBN-10 0521466431
Release 1994-03-10
Pages 684
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David Kimbell traces the history of Italian opera from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

The New Grove Masters of Italian Opera

The New Grove Masters of Italian Opera Author Philip Gossett
ISBN-10 0393303616
Release 1997-07-01
Pages 353
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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.

Changing the Score

Changing the Score Author Hilary Poriss
ISBN-10 9780190452681
Release 2009-08-26
Pages 240
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This study seeks to explore the role and significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian operas. Each chapter investigates the art of aria insertion during the nineteenth century from varying perspectives, beginning with an overview of the changing fortunes of the practice, followed by explorations of individual prima donnas and their relationship with particular insertion arias: Carolina Ungher's difficulties in finding a "perfect" aria to introduce into Donizetti's Marino Faliero; Guiditta Pasta's performance of an aria from Pacini's Niobe in a variety of operas, and the subsequent fortunes of that particular aria; Maria Malibran's interpolation of Vaccai's final scene from Giulietta e Romeo in place of Bellini's original setting in his I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and Adelina Patti's "mini-concerts" in the lesson scene of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The final chapter provides a treatment of a short story, "Memoir of a Song," narrated by none other than an insertion aria itself, and the volume concludes with an appendix containing the first modern edition of this short story, a narrative that has lain utterly forgotten since its publication in 1849. This book covers a wide variety of material that will be of interest to opera scholars and opera lovers alike, touching on the fluidity of the operatic work, on the reception of the singers, and on the shifting and hardening aesthetics of music criticism through the period.

The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies

The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies Author Nicholas Till
ISBN-10 9780521855617
Release 2012-10-18
Pages 351
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The first comprehensive attempt to map the current field of opera studies by leading scholars in the discipline.

Opera Acts

Opera Acts Author Karen Henson
ISBN-10 9781316194171
Release 2015-01-15
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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.

Jean Philippe Rameau

Jean Philippe Rameau Author Cuthbert Girdlestone
ISBN-10 9780486492230
Release 2014
Pages 631
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"Definitive full-scale biography and critical study of great 18th-century composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Full chapter treatments of great operas and ballets as well as his chamber music, cantatas and motets, and minor works. Rameau's life and musical times, acoustic and harmonic theories, link to Lully, influence on Gluck and other interesting topics are also included. Numerous useful appendixes, indexes and an extensive bibliography. Over 300 musical examples"--Provided by publisher.

Verdi in Performance

Verdi in Performance Author Alison Latham
ISBN-10 0198167350
Release 2001
Pages 196
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This collection of essays addresses the issue of how to make Verdi's operas relevant to modern audiences while respecting the composer's intentions. Here, both scholars and music and stage practitioners reflect current thinking on matters such as "authentic" staging, performance practice, and the role of critical editions.

Monteverdi s Last Operas

Monteverdi s Last Operas Author Ellen Rosand
ISBN-10 UOM:39015074042386
Release 2007
Pages 447
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"That Ellen Rosand's understanding of seventeenth-century Venetian opera is encyclopedic has long been recognized. By focusing her attention now on all three of the last operas of Claudio Monteverdi, however, she has met a formidable challenge: this book demonstrates how to put philology at the service of interpretation and interpretation at the service of philology. All those who care about these operas, fundamental to the development of the genre itself, and about scholarship in the Humanities, will profit from her masterful achievement."--Philip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and author of Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera "Ellen Rosand's monumental study is so much more than a meticulous exploration and explanation of all the surviving material and its many literary and musical sources. She presents ingenious, utterly convincing solutions to the problems posed by this material, offering therefore countless new insights into Monteverdi's last two surviving operas, the great Poppea and Ulisse, while also reeling in to this forensic examination the tantalisingly lost score of Le nozze de Enea. Her feel for the music is inspiring, and her theatrical instinct exemplary. This is a book of phenomenal clarity and great passion, and an indispensable addition to our understanding of this great composer."--Jane Glover, Conductor and Music Director for Chicago's Music of the Baroque.

Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini Author Denise P. Gallo
ISBN-10 0815334745
Release 2002
Pages 345
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A comprehensive annotated bibliography of all the printed materials on Gioachino Rossini, the famous 19th-century composer

                               Author Τζούλιαν Μπαρνς
ISBN-10 9786180305609
Release 2016-03-10
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Μάιος του 1937. Ένας τριαντάρης περιμένει δίπλα στον ανελκυστήρα μιας πολυκατοικίας του Λένινγκραντ. Περιμένει όλη τη νύχτα ότι ανά πάσα στιγμή θα τον οδηγήσουν στο Αρχηγείο της Υπηρεσίας Κρατικής Ασφάλειας. Καμιά από τις διασημότητες που γνώρισε την περασμένη δεκαετία δεν μπορεί τώρα να του φανεί χρήσιμη. Και ελάχιστοι από όσους οδηγούνται στο Αρχηγείο επιστρέφουν. Αυτή είναι η αφετηρία του νέου αριστουργηματικού μυθιστορήματος του Μπαρνς, μια ιστορία για τη σύγκρουση ζωής και τέχνης, το θάρρος, τη δειλία, και τον πόνο του αναπόφευκτου συμβιβασμού. Το βιβλίο αναφέρεται στη ζωή, το έργο του Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς καθώς και στη σύγκρουσή του με το σταλινικό καθεστώς.

Southern Humanities Review

Southern Humanities Review Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105213161750
Release 2008
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Southern Humanities Review has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Southern Humanities Review also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Southern Humanities Review book for free.

The Verdi Ballets

The Verdi Ballets Author Knud Arne Jürgensen
ISBN-10 8885065120
Release 1995
Pages 398
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The Verdi Ballets has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Verdi Ballets also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Verdi Ballets book for free.

Current Musicology

Current Musicology Author Austin Clarkson
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822036334670
Release 2007
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Current Musicology has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Current Musicology also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Current Musicology book for free.

The Life of Bellini

The Life of Bellini Author John Rosselli
ISBN-10 0521467810
Release 1996
Pages 184
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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.

International Who s Who in Classical Music 2009

International Who s Who in Classical Music 2009 Author Routledge
ISBN-10 1857435133
Release 2009-03-01
Pages 953
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The International Who’s Who in Classical Music 2009 is an unparalleled source of biographical information on singers, instrumentalists, composers, conductors and managers. The directory section lists orchestras, opera companies and other institutions connected with the classical music world. Each biographical entry comprises personal information, principal career details, repertoire, recordings and compositions, and full contact details where available. Appendices provide contact details for national orchestras, opera companies, music festivals, music organizations and major competitions and awards. Entries include individuals involved in all aspects of the world of classical music: composers, instrumentalists, singers, arrangers, writers, musicologists, conductors, directors and managers. Key features: over 8,000 detailed biographical entries covers the classical and light classical fields includes both up-and-coming musicians and well-established names. This book will prove invaluable for anyone in need of reliable, up-to-date information on the individuals and organizations involved in classical music.

American Book Publishing Record

American Book Publishing Record Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015066180426
Release 2006
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American Book Publishing Record has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from American Book Publishing Record also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full American Book Publishing Record book for free.