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Italian Opera : National Traditions of Opera - David R. B. Kimbell

Italian Opera

National Traditions of Opera

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Published: 6th March 2000
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Italy was the birthplace of opera. In this authoritative and accessible account of Italian opera, David Kimbell introduces those who, over three hundred years, created not only a national tradition but the central tradition from which others have drawn their inspiration. He traces the history of Italian opera from its origins in the humanism of the Renaissance to Puccini in the early twentieth century, drawing attention not only to musical issues but also to the social, literary, and philosophical ideas that have shaped modern Italian civilization.

'... authoritative, highly readable, and wide-ranging account of opera in Italy.' New Theatre Quarterly '... a wonderful read.' Tim Blanning, The Independent

List of illustrations
Preface
A note on Italian prosody
Map
Introduction: the Italianness of Italian opera
The Origins of Opera
The Renaissance intermedi
The elements of early opera
The beginnings of opera
Monteverdi's Orfeo
The Venetian Hegemony
Opera in seventeenth-century Rome
Opera comes to Venice
The nature of Venetian opera
The development of the musical language
Cesti's L'Orontea
Opera Seria
The dramma per musica
'Perfection and public favour'
The performance of opera seria
The collapse of the Metastasian ideal
Opera seria in an age of ferment
A half-century of L'Olimpiade
The Tragedy of Comedy
The commedia dell'arte
Contrascene and intermezzi
The flowering of comic opera in Naples and Venice
Apogee and decline
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Paisiello's and Rossini's settings
Romantic Opera
Italian Romanticism
Dramatic themes: the libretto
The life of the theatre
The musical language of Italian Romantic opera
Rossini in Naples
A franker Romanticism
The young Verdi
Bellini's Norma
Cosmopolitanism and Decadence
Italian grand opera
Scapigliati and bohemians
Verdi and Boito
Verismo
Personalia
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521466431
ISBN-10: 0521466431
Series: National Traditions of Opera
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 6th March 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.19  x 4.14
Weight (kg): 1.0