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Opera: A History in Documents Paperback – February 21, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0195116380 ISBN-10: 0195116380

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195116380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195116380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning with the Intermedio, which was performed at a Medici wedding in 1589, and ending with John Adams's 1987 Nixon in China, this book provides a novel view of dozens of operas over the centuries. The author, a noted scholar and authority on the history of opera who chairs the musicology department at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory, illuminates the history of opera through documents, each presented in historical context. His selection of documents includes letters, diary accounts, critical notices, playbills, and libretto excerpts that highlight fascinating aspects of the works and their performances, as well as the era in which they originated. We learn, for example, what Stendhal thought of Rossini's Barber of Seville, as well as Tchaikovsky's own thoughts on Eugene Onegin and Mozart's first ideas about his Marriage of Figaro. Opera lovers will be delighted at this new and excellent source of information and insight. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Weiss's extraordinary selection of documents includes some wonderful illustrations in addition to substantial excerpts from letters, prefaces, pamphlets, and even libretti. . . . This volume is a priceless addition to the literature, and the pages of my copy are already dog-eared from constant use."--Music and Letters

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James F. Harrington on January 12, 2015
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A unique and fascinating look at primary sources outlining the development of opera from the Medici wedding in 1585 to Stravinsky's collaboration with W.H. Auden on The Rake's Progress—and beyond! This is an excellent book for anyone who is trying to gain a greater understanding of opera, its major players throughout history, and who would like to understand opera as a living, breathing art form.
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