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Opera : The Basics Series - Denise Gallo


The Basics Series

Paperback Published: 22nd November 2005
ISBN: 9780415970723
Number Of Pages: 207

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"Opera: The Basics "gives a brief introduction to 4 centuries of opera, ideal for students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this important musical style. After a brief introduction, the book is organized in two parts: Terms and Topics; and Genres and Styles. In the first part, the author traces the origins of opera, and then introduces the student to its basic terminology. In Part II, the author traces the history of major opera genres, including serious opera; comic opera; semi-serious opera; and vernacular opera. Throughout, sidebars offer studies of key issues. The book concludes with a bibliography, discography, and videography. "Opera: The Basics "serves as an excellent introduction to the players, the music, and the styles that make opera an enduring and well-loved musical style.

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"Clear and well-organized." -Ellen Rosand, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Yale University

Introductionp. ix
Terms and Topicsp. 1
The Origins of Operap. 3
Musical Terminologyp. 13
Music and Text Relationshipsp. 37
Professionsp. 55
Singersp. 75
Opera Onstage and Offp. 95
Opera as a Mirror of Societyp. 115
Genres, Styles, and Scoresp. 129
Serious and Semi-Serious Operap. 131
Comic Opera and Operettap. 151
Vernacular Operap. 165
Scores and Editionsp. 179
Resourcesp. 185
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ISBN: 9780415970723
ISBN-10: 0415970725
Series: Basics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 22nd November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 17.02  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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