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The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

Rachel Cowgill and Hilary Poriss (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195365870
eISBN:
9780199932054
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365870.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

The female singers who graced the nineteenth-century operatic stage were among the most celebrated women of their era, but they were also among the most transgressive. This book explores the means by ... More

Berlioz on MusicSelected Criticism 1824-1837

Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Katherine Kolb (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

Berlioz the composer was also a writer and critic. His Memoirs and Evenings with the Orchestra are well-known and well-loved. This book offers a selection of his day-to-day criticism in English, ... More

Cabals and SatiresMozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Ian Woodfield

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190692636
eISBN:
9780190692667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190692636.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This is a study of the political context in which Mozart wrote his three Italian comedies, Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. Joseph II’s decision to place his opera buffa troupe in ... More

Carmen and the Staging of SpainRecasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque

Carmen and the Staging of Spain: Recasting Bizet's Opera in the Belle Epoque

Michael Christoforidis and Elizabeth Kertesz

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780195384567
eISBN:
9780190883508
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195384567.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Carmen and the Staging of Spain explores the Belle Époque fascination with Spanish entertainment that refashioned Bizet’s opera and gave rise to an international “Carmen industry.” Authors Michael ... More

Changing the ScoreArias, Prima Donnas, and the Authority of Performance

Changing the Score: Arias, Prima Donnas, and the Authority of Performance

Hilary Poriss

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195386714
eISBN:
9780199852512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386714.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This study seeks to explore the role and significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian operas. Each chapter ... More

Death-Devoted HeartSex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Roger Scruton

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan und Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's ... More

Finding an EndingReflections on Wagner’s Ring

Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. This book offers an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner’s achievements, focusing on its ... More

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Ellen T. Harris

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190271664
eISBN:
9780190271695
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190271664.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas stands as the greatest operatic achievement of seventeenth-century England, and yet the work remains cloaked in mystery. The date and place of its first performance cannot ... More

King of RagtimeScott Joplin and His Era

King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

Edward A. Berlin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199740321
eISBN:
9780190245221
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740321.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Opera

Scott Joplin (ca. 1867–1917) was one of the most prominent and admired ragtime composers of the period (ca. 1893–ca. 1920). Starting his music career as a stage minstrel and quartet singer, he took ... More

Mahler's VoicesExpression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

Julian Johnson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195372397
eISBN:
9780199870844
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372397.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

This book explores the idea of expression and meaning in Mahler's music by examining its plural voices—their tone, manner, and historical resonance. Ranging across all the symphonies and songs, it ... More

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