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Opera and its Symbols: The Unity of Words, Music and Staging Paperback – September 10, 1992


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 10, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300056613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300056617
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2000
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I have enjoyed this book very much. It offers a very interesting psychological perspective on opera whose stories one may just take for granted. The analyses include selected operas from Monteverdi up to the twentieth century composers. Particular emphasis is placed upon Wagner's work, and most of all on "Der Ring des Nibelungen", with the list of the most important leitmotives and the concepts they allegedly represent added in an Appendix to the book. So, if you think you may be interested in a short analysis of "Lohengrin" from Elsa's perspective, or Don Giovanni as suffering from Oedipus complex, this book may be for you. You may not agree with everything, but it will definitely give you new insights on some of the familiar works.
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