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W. A. Mozart : Idomeneo - Julian Rushton

W. A. Mozart


Paperback Published: 9th August 1993
ISBN: 9780521437417
Number Of Pages: 200

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Idomeneo, by common consent Mozart's greatest opera seria, is a rich synthesis of the dramatic potentialities of Italian opera seria, French tragedie lyrique, and recent German opera. It was composed for the finest orchestra in Germany and some excellent singers. Mozart's relish of the challenge and his problems with some performers and the bureaucracy are uniquely documented in his letters home and these form the basis of a vivid account of the genesis of the opera. A detailed synopsis relates the musical and dramatic action of the opera. Further chapters trace the historical development of its subject matter 'from myth to libretto' and chart the opera's performance history, including a description of Richard Strauss's 1931 reworking. Later chapters consider the opera's general structure and the musical forms, and analyse passages of particular interest."

General preface
List of illustrations
Genesis of an operone
'Madame Dorothea Wendling is arcicontentissima': the singers of Idomeneo
The genre of Idomeneo
From myth to libretto
Idomeneo after Mozart
General structure of Idomeneo
Two soliloquies
'Colorito': aspects of musical language
Tonality and motive
Elettra's first aria and the storm scene
Critical conclusions
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521437417
ISBN-10: 0521437415
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 9th August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 13.84  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.25

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