100 GREAT OPERAS AND THEIR STORIES

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100 Great Operas And Their Stories

Author : Henry W. Simon
ISBN : 9780307773708
Genre : Music
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An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados, 100 Great Operas is perhaps the most comprehensive and enjoyable volume of opera stories ever written. From La Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, here are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, told in an engaging, picturesque, and readable manner. Written by noted opera authority Henry W. Simon, this distinctive reference book contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the historic early seventeenth century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the modern classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti. In addition to highlighting the most important aspects of each opera, the author discusses the main characters, the famous turnings of plot, and the most significant arias. Here, too, is a wealth of anecdotes concerning literary background, past performances and stars, and production problems of the great operas.
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The Word And The Mirror

Author : Salvador Jiménez-Fajardo
ISBN : 083863334X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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These illuminating essays generally follow the chronology of the twentieth-century Spanish poet Luis Cernuda's creative life, beginning with the poet's early surrealist collections and encompassing his last volume of verse, Desolacion de la quimera (The disconsolate chimera). The select bibliography includes all significant items of Cernuda criticism of the past forty years.
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Npr The Curious Listener S Guide To Opera

Author : William Berger
ISBN : 1101221178
Genre : Music
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Major composers including Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss * Legendary singers from the great divas to the Three Tenors * What to look for and listen to at the opera * The history of opera and why it endures * Stylistic variations and basic theoretical underpinnings * Appreciating the art form * Biographies of the opera's greatest artists * A survey of classic operas
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Voice Secrets

Author : Matthew Hoch
ISBN : 9781442250260
Genre : Music
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Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer, Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister create order out of the chaotic world of singing. They examine all aspects of singing, including nontechnical matters, such as auditioning, performance anxiety, score preparation, practice performance tips, business etiquette, and many other important topics for the advanced singer. Voice Secrets provides singers with a quick and efficient path to significant improvement, both technically and musically. It is the perfect resource for advanced students of singing, professional performers, music educators, and avid amateur musicians. The Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to Music Secrets fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need.
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The New Milton Cross More Stories Of The Great Operas

Author : Milton John Cross
ISBN : 0385147767
Genre : Music
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Cross's standard reference work on opera, updated and enlarged to include twenty-five additional works, provides scene-by-scene, aria-byaria descriptions of significant operas
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An Invitation To The Opera Revised Edition

Author : John Louis DiGaetani
ISBN : 9781476619545
Genre : Music
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In its revised third edition, this volume argues that an appreciation of opera is based on understanding of several key aspects: history, language, theatrical production, the power of the conductor, vocal tradition and standard repertory. This unique approach is intended for the newcomer curious about the art form. The author discusses how opera has changed in the last three decades and how it is now more easily enjoyed than ever before. Originally published in 1986, this book has been translated into four languages and has been used as an “Introduction to Opera” text in college classrooms around the world.
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Interpretation Of Beethoven S Fidelio Or Leonore And Four Different Overtures

Author : Myunghwa Jang
ISBN : 9783640773602
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Scholarly Research Paper from the year 2010 in the subject Sociology - Media, Art, Music, The University of Malaya, language: English, abstract: Written with librettist, Joseph von Sonnleithner, Beethoven's first version was divided into three acts in the style of a German Singspiel. In a singspiel, a fresh start has to be made after every spoken interruption. Fidelio was first performed on November 20, 1805 after being delayed due to issues with the censors. The opera opened to a small audience and negative reviews. A year later Beethoven attempted a revision of Fidelio for the same theatre. Due to a change in management Beethoven was presented with a new librettist by the name of Stephan von Breuning. After a great deal of struggle, a very reluctant Beethoven agreed to a much more condensed and concise version of the opera. The newly revised version was performed on May 29, 1806. Again the audience was not Beethoven's ideal audience and the show failed once again. After reading a refined libretto by Georg Friedrich Treitschke, Beethoven agreed the revival but insisted on a complete revision in which he virtually started over. Nearly every number was altered in some fashion. The third and final version of the opera opened with great success on May 23, 1814. It took Beethoven over a decade to complete his only opera. Throughout the many revisions he produced four different overtures. The first, now known as Leonore #2 was written for the opera's premiere in 1805. Because some sections proved to be too difficult Beethoven began reworking the overture for the opera's revival in 1806. The new version became known as Leonore #3. Beethoven's final revision composed for the 1814. Production was called the Fidelio Overture. After his death a fourth overture was found. Entitled Leonore #1 it is believed he either wrote it first or for a production of Fidelio in Prague that never happened. Leonore #3 is often played between the two scenes in Act 2. However, many critics such
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The Art Of Sound

Author : Jack Sacher
ISBN : UOM:49015000735028
Genre : Music
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