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Igor Stravinsky : The Rake's Progress - Paul Griffiths

Igor Stravinsky

The Rake's Progress

Paperback Published: 1st November 1982
ISBN: 9780521281997
Number Of Pages: 124

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The Rake's Progress is Stravinsky's biggest work and one of the few great operas written since the 1920s, rare too for the unusual quality of its libretto, by Auden and Kallman. Its importance is undisputed, but so too are the problems it raises: problems of both performance and understanding, caused by the irony with which it is so thoroughly permeated. In aspects of style and operatic convention it looks back to the eighteenth century, and in particular to the operas of Mozart and da Ponte, while making references also to other periods, to operas from Monteverdi to Verdi. Yet at the same time it is wholly a work of the twentieth century, and indeed it is centrally concerned with the impossibility of return, artistic, psychological or actual, as well as with the nature and limitiation of human free will. The Rake's Progress is not one of unbridled dissipation but rather, more interestingly, one of attachment to naive notions of freedom and choice, and his tragedy is that he can never go back.

General prefacep. v
List of illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Dramatis personaep. 1
The composer's viewp. 2
The makers and their workp. 5
A note on the sketches and the two versions of the librettop. 18
Synopsisp. 31
Performance historyp. 48
Some thoughts on the librettop. 60
In an operatic graveyard: Act III scene 2p. 75
Progress and returnp. 92
Notesp. 101
Bibliographyp. 104
Discographyp. 106
Indexp. 107
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ISBN: 9780521281997
ISBN-10: 0521281997
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 1st November 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18