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The Chronicle of Opera : Year-by-year Four Centuries of Music, Performance and Recording - Michael Raeburn

The Chronicle of Opera

Year-by-year Four Centuries of Music, Performance and Recording

Paperback Published: 1st June 2007
ISBN: 9780500286678
Number Of Pages: 260

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Four hundred years after it began, opera's combination of grandeur and intimacy continues to beguile audiences around the world. Covering subjects as diverse as the opening of La Scala in Milan, the legendary career of Maria Callas, and the extraordinary success of the Three Tenors, The Chronicle of Opera celebrates the great eras of music and performance, mixing fact and anecdote, personalities and stylistic development with hundreds of illustrations.

Opera developed quickly from its modest beginnings as the re-creation of classical Greek drama. By the seventeenth century, the time of Monteverdi, it included all the components of much later operas: choruses, arias, recitatives, instrumental ensembles, and interludes. Toward the end of the eighteenth century, artifice had been replaced by the classical perfection and wit of Mozart. The next hundred years saw the rise of romanticism, with famous masterworks by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Wagner, while the twentieth century saw the brilliant innovations of Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, and Gershwin, among many others. A new section brings the story of opera into the twenty-first century.

The comprehensive reference section includes biographies, a timeline, opera house openings and premieres, a glossary, and a discography, making this an essential reference book for all opera lovers. 320 illustrations, 100 in colour.

About the Author

Michael Raeburn is a writer, editor and designer with a special interest in music.

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Introductionp. 8
1589-1761: Baroque Operap. 16
1589-1634 The New Artp. 20
1635-1646 Opera in Venicep. 24
1647-1677 Italian Opera Reaches Parisp. 16
1678-1702 France, Germany, Englandp. 30
1703-1716 The Second Century of Operap. 34
1717-1731 Prima Donnas and Castratip. 38
1732-1739 The Seeds of Changep. 44
1740-1761 The Death of Handelp. 50
1762-1850: Classical and Romantic Operap. 56
1762-1775 Opera is Rebornp. 60
1776-1780 Melodrama and Singspielp. 66
1781-1786 Mozart in Viennap. 68
1787-1791 Mozart's Last Operasp. 72
1792-1804 Opera after the French Revolutionp. 78
1805-1816 Opera during the Empirep. 82
1817-1821 Weber and German Romanticismp. 88
1822-1828 Romantic Operap. 92
1829-1835 Bel Cantop. 98
1836-1841 Successors to Rossinip. 106
1842-1850 Verdi and Wagnerp. 110
1851-1914: International Operap. 116
1851-1857 Verdi's Middle Periodp. 120
1858-1867 The Second Empirep. 124
1868-1875 The New Repertoryp. 132
1876-1882 Bayreuthp. 138
1883-1895 Perfect Wagneritesp. 144
1896-1902 The Turn of the Centuryp. 152
1903-1907 Revival and Rebellionp. 158
1908-1914 A Blaze of Gloryp. 164
1915-: The Age of Recordingp. 170
1915-1918 Neoclassicismp. 174
1919-1925 After the Warp. 178
1926-1932 Opera in the Weimar Republicp. 184
1933-1944 Opera in the Shadow of Warp. 190
1945-1953 The New Orderp. 198
1954-1960 Grand Opera Rebornp. 204
1961-1975 Opera and Anti-Operap. 212
1976-1991 Postmodernismp. 218
After 1992 Radical Stagingsp. 224
Reference Data
Glossaryp. 229
Timelinep. 230
Opera Premieresp. 234
Biographies of 100 Singersp. 236
Discographyp. 241
Bibliographyp. 244
Sources of Illustrationsp. 245
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780500286678
ISBN-10: 0500286671
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st June 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 1.23
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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