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Music for the Melodramatic Theatre in Nineteenth-Century London and New York (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture) Paperback – June 1, 2014

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“An immensely brilliant scholarly work that should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in nineteenth-century theatre.”—David Mayer, author, Stagestruck Filmmaker: D. W. Griffith and the America Theatre

“We may know vaguely that nineteenth-century popular theatre depended on mu-sic for its sensational effects, but Michael Pisani’s study of the subject takes us into the creative systems of the musicians and their theatrical collaborators who produced those effects, and then into the theatre to feel how they worked.”—James Parakilas, author, The Story of Opera

About the Author

Michael V. Pisani is professor of music at Vassar College, where he teaches courses on general music history, opera, and film music.  Among his many publications are the book Imagining Native America in Music, which received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 2006. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies Theatre Hist & Culture
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609382307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609382308
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Robert J. Kosovsky on July 15, 2014
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Excellent history of a period in American music that is practically unknown and of which no one else has written about. The author carefully examined archives and the ideas he derives from what he finds makes for fascinating reading.
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