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Grand opera : mirror of the western mind / Eric A. Plaut.

Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1993.
ISBN 1566630347, 9781566630344

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Subjects Oper.
Description xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1993.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-304) and index.
Summary No medium can compare with opera in its expression of human willfulness nor in the intense passions of its characters. The great composers of opera were also governed by their feelings and heavily influenced by the life of their time. In this fascinating book, Eric Plaut employs a remarkable combination of expertise in music, opera, and psychology to explore the great operas and their composers from the time of the French Revolution to the onset of the First World War. Weaving together social, psychological, and historical strains, Plaut investigates the meaning behind eighteen of the greatest operas and their composers. They include Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven's Fidelio, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Gounod's Faust, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and The Ring, Verdi's Aida and Otello, Moussorgsky's Boris Godounov, Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Bizet's Carmen, Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini's Tosca and Madame Butterfly, and Richard Strauss's Salome and Der Rosenkavalier. Looking into the lives of the composers, Plaut shows how their personalities and life experiences help to explain the particular opera as well as the composer's larger body of works. The result is an unusually satisfying and perceptive view of grand opera, a book that offers new perspectives on some great operas while providing intriguing glimpses into the psychological motivations of the great composers [Publisher description].
Contents Mozart's operas : mastery and misogyny -- Beethoven's Fidelio : the extraordinary composer and his ordinary opera -- Rossini's The Barber of Seville : the comic opera and the tragic life -- Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor : on singing and singers -- Gounod's Faust : giving the devil his due -- Wagner's Tristan and Isolde : romantic eros and the romantic era -- Verdi's Aida : fathers and daughters -- Moussorgsky's Boris Godounov : the corrupting influence of power -- Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus : waltzing through the comedy of life -- Bizet's Carmen : art and entertainment, creativity and play -- Wagner's Ring : the heroic spirit and the defective flesh -- Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah : three thousand years of blinding guilt -- Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann : the impoverished German Jew and the celebrated French catholic -- Verdi's Otello : love and hate, words and music -- Puccini's Madame Butterfly : the noble, subordinate woman and the flawed, dominant man -- Richard Strauss's Salome : person and social disintegration -- Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier : old wine in a new bottle.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)28150655
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WorldCat Identities Plaut, Eric A.
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