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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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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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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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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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What To Listen For In Opera

Author : Charles R. Beck
ISBN : 9781476617145
Genre : Music
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Covering famous operas from 14 Italian, French and German composers, this handbook is designed to help listeners understand and appreciate the special skills required to sing famous operatic songs. The book includes a plot synopsis of each opera with information about each song, which are introduced in their dramatic settings along with the vocal requirements for the most demanding passages. Interactive literary and rhyming exercises help the reader become more engaged and knowledgeable. Foreign language passages are translated into English and key words are highlighted in each language. The operatic vocabulary is defined to help the listener better understand the technical demands for a highly trained voice. The book is designed as a useful handbook for both experienced and beginning opera listeners. Appendices provide information on singers, recordings and useful references.
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Il Decameron

Author : Giovanni Boccaccio
ISBN : OXFORD:590095853
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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