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The rise of opera / Robert Donington.


New York : C. Scribner's Sons, [1981] .
ISBN 9780684171654, 0684171651

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Subjects Geschichte.
Oper.
Opera.
Description 399 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Copyright Date [1981]
©1981
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-361) and index.
Contents 1. Defining opera : Drama as the essence of opera ; A totality of staged words and music -- 2. The philosophical ingredient : The long arm of neoplatonism ; The start of renaissance neoplatonism ; Ficino's platonic inwardness -- 3. The poetical ingredient : Neoplatonic poetry in Italy ; Pastoral drama ; Allegory and symbolism -- 4. The musical ingredient : Music and drama ; Modulation and monody -- 5. The threshold : Neoplatonic spectacles in Italy ; A union of the arts in France ; Circe: a French court ballet ; Conti's contemporary explanation ; Bardi's Florentine interludes -- 6. The reciting style : Declamation the central problem ; Sound and sense in poetry ; Poetry in music ; groups and personalities at Florence ; The start of the reciting style ; Varieties of the reciting style -- 7. The modern style : The reciting style as modern style ; The second practice ; The emulating style ; A blend of styles in early opera -- 8. Across the threshold : Three pastorals near to opera ; Dafne: the earliest opera ; Cavalieri's contribution ; Peri's achievement ; Caccini's exaggerated claims ; Doni's balanced summary -- 9. Opera achieved : The structure of Dafne ; The story of Dafne ; The neoplatonic images -- 10. Opera comes into fashion ; Borderline opera ; The genre arrives ; A Florentine wedding ; Opera thereafter taken for granted -- 11. Monteverdi and his 'orfeo' : From Florence to Mantua ; And opening Toccata ; A neoplatonic personification ; Act I: a pastoral idyll ; A dramatic irony ; Act II: sudden catastrophe ; The mythology of snakes ; Act III: the descent ; Act IV: the underworld ; The prohibition disobeyed ; Act V: immortality ; The neoplatonic ending
12. Consolidation : The human touch ; Neoplatonic opera in decline ; Initiatives outside Italy -- 13. Rome and Venice compared ; Roman spectacle ; Neoplatonism again ; Roman opera falls back ; Venetian opera takes up ; Popular opera at Venice -- 14. Monteverdi at Venice : Monteverdi's later output ; Gods and men ; The familiar Homeric scenario unfolds ; Monteverdi's last opera ; What happens to the history ; The fairy-tale beneath the history -- 15. The Venetian succession : The end of the beginning ; Cavalli as successor ; A pioneering opera of intrigue ; Relaxing the craftsmanship ; Comedy and pathos ; Symptoms of transition -- 16. The Italian sequel : Italian opera on the change ; Mid-baroque opera ; Chamber cantata in advance of opera ; Transition accelerates -- 17. The approach to French opera : French court ballet ; The Italian influence ; The anti-Italian reaction -- 18. The rise of French opera : Two failed attempts ; Lully successful ; Lully and Quinault ; The French Academy ; The French convention -- 19 Love and glory : A chivalric fantasy ; A dark forest of misunderstanding ; A dark prison of the spirit ; The answering glow.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)7969995
(OCoLC)ocm07969995
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WorldCat Identities Donington, Robert.
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