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C. W. von Gluck : Orfeo - Patricia Howard

Paperback Published: 19th October 1981
ISBN: 9780521296649
Number Of Pages: 156

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This book explains how and why Gluck's historically important and best-loved opera Orfeo came into existence, and shows why it has retained its popularity. The work is placed in its context of Gluck's 'reform of opera', an artistic movement involving actors, dancers, designers, writers and philosophers, as well as musicians and librettists. Patricia Howard and her fellow contributors describe how the opera has been reinterpreted during the two hundred years between its first performance and the present day. Differing twentieth-century views based on practical experience of the work are put forward by the conductors John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Charles Mackerras, the singer Kevin Smith and the English National Opera music consultant Tom Hammond.

General prefacep. v
List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. ix
The Orpheus myth in operatic historyp. 1
The librettop. 10
The grand coincidence of the reformp. 10
Calzabigi and Metastasiop. 17
Calzabigi and Gluckp. 22
Synopsisp. 27
'The most moving act in all opera'p. 40
The initial impactp. 53
First performance: documentaryp. 53
First performance: speculationp. 56
The diffusion through Europep. 60
Orpheus in Englandp. 62
From Orfeo to Orpheep. 67
From revolutionary to conservativep. 67
Gluck at the Academie Royalep. 69
A comparison of the scoresp. 74
The opera in the nineteenth centuryp. 84
Berlioz and Gluckp. 84
After Berliozp. 97
The opera in the twentieth centuryp. 99
Berlioz: the best of both worldsp. 99
Orphee et Euridice: Gluck's final solutionp. 105
A note on the aria di bravura 'L'espoir renait dans mon ame'p. 109
Hands off Orfeo!p. 112
Gluck and the Wagner familyp. 119
The Orfeo showp. 121
Table of numbersp. 127
Bibliographyp. 135
Discographyp. 137
Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9780521296649
ISBN-10: 0521296641
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 19th October 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.36 x 13.82  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.21