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The Resource Grand opera : mirror of the western mind, Eric A. Plaut

Grand opera : mirror of the western mind, Eric A. Plaut

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Grand opera : mirror of the western mind
Title
Grand opera
Title remainder
mirror of the western mind
Statement of responsibility
Eric A. Plaut
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
No medium can compare with opera in its expression of human willfulness nor in the intense passions of its characters. The great composers of opera were also governed by their feelings and heavily influenced by the life of their time. In this fascinating book, Eric Plaut employs a remarkable combination of expertise in music, opera, and psychology to explore the great operas and their composers from the time of the French Revolution to the onset of the First World War. Weaving together social, psychological, and historical strains, Plaut investigates the meaning behind eighteen of the greatest operas and their composers. They include Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven's Fidelio, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Gounod's Faust, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and The Ring, Verdi's Aida and Otello, Moussorgsky's Boris Godounov, Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Bizet's Carmen, Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini's Tosca and Madame Butterfly, and Richard Strauss's Salome and Der Rosenkavalier. Looking into the lives of the composers, Plaut shows how their personalities and life experiences help to explain the particular opera as well as the composer's larger body of works. The result is an unusually satisfying and perceptive view of grand opera, a book that offers new perspectives on some great operas while providing intriguing glimpses into the psychological motivations of the great composers [Publisher description]
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Plaut, Eric A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Opera
Label
Grand opera : mirror of the western mind, Eric A. Plaut
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mozart's operas : mastery and misogyny -- Beethoven's Fidelio : the extraordinary composer and his ordinary opera -- Rossini's The Barber of Seville : the comic opera and the tragic life -- Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor : on singing and singers -- Gounod's Faust : giving the devil his due -- Wagner's Tristan and Isolde : romantic eros and the romantic era -- Verdi's Aida : fathers and daughters -- Moussorgsky's Boris Godounov : the corrupting influence of power -- Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus : waltzing through the comedy of life -- Bizet's Carmen : art and entertainment, creativity and play -- Wagner's Ring : the heroic spirit and the defective flesh -- Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah : three thousand years of blinding guilt -- Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann : the impoverished German Jew and the celebrated French catholic -- Verdi's Otello : love and hate, words and music -- Puccini's Madame Butterfly : the noble, subordinate woman and the flawed, dominant man -- Richard Strauss's Salome : person and social disintegration -- Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier : old wine in a new bottle
Control code
28150655
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9781566630344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1555923
Label
Grand opera : mirror of the western mind, Eric A. Plaut
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mozart's operas : mastery and misogyny -- Beethoven's Fidelio : the extraordinary composer and his ordinary opera -- Rossini's The Barber of Seville : the comic opera and the tragic life -- Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor : on singing and singers -- Gounod's Faust : giving the devil his due -- Wagner's Tristan and Isolde : romantic eros and the romantic era -- Verdi's Aida : fathers and daughters -- Moussorgsky's Boris Godounov : the corrupting influence of power -- Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus : waltzing through the comedy of life -- Bizet's Carmen : art and entertainment, creativity and play -- Wagner's Ring : the heroic spirit and the defective flesh -- Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah : three thousand years of blinding guilt -- Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann : the impoverished German Jew and the celebrated French catholic -- Verdi's Otello : love and hate, words and music -- Puccini's Madame Butterfly : the noble, subordinate woman and the flawed, dominant man -- Richard Strauss's Salome : person and social disintegration -- Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier : old wine in a new bottle
Control code
28150655
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9781566630344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1555923

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