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Cambridge Studies in Opera : Three Modes of Perception in Mozart: The Philosophical, Pastoral, and Comic in Cosi fan tutte - Edmund Joseph Goehring

Cambridge Studies in Opera

Three Modes of Perception in Mozart: The Philosophical, Pastoral, and Comic in Cosi fan tutte

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This is the first full-length, scholarly study of what is widely regarded as Mozart's most enigmatic opera and Lorenzo Da Ponte's most erudite text. Against the long-standing judgment that the opera uses a misguided confidence in reason to traduce feeling, Goehring's study shows how Cosi affirms comedy's regenerative powers and its capacity to grant access to modes of sympathy and understanding that are otherwise inaccessible. In making this argument, the book surveys a rich literary, operatic, and intellectual territory. It offers a new perspective on the relationships between text and tone in the opera, on the tension between comedy and philosophy and its representation in stage works, and on the pastoral mode, which the opera uses in especially subtle ways. Throughout, Goehring's argument is sustained by close readings of primary sources, many of them little known, and is richly illustrated with musical examples.

'... thorough and finely produced ... Goehring's approach is scholarly but by no means intimidating.' International Record Review 'This book is a delight.' Musical Times

List of tables, Preface and acknowledgements
A note on abbreviations
List of abbreviations
An overture to Cosi fan tutte: the poetics of the opera over two centuries
The philosophical mode
The pastoral mode
The comic mode
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521838818
ISBN-10: 0521838819
Series: Cambridge Studies in Opera
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64