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Acter and singer inattention and absorption Abbate and Parker argue that though the genre’s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past opera continues to change the viewer physically emotionally intellectually with its enduring pow. A very engaging overview of opera for a novice opera lover like myself I came away with a better understanding of the few operas I have seen so far and even better notes on many operas that this book introduced me to that are now on my must see list Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide understanding of the few operas I have seen so far and even better notes on many operas that this book introduced me to that are now on my must see list

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A History of Opera

Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this uestion in their “effervescent witty” Die Welt Germany retelling of the history of opera examining its development the musical and dramatic means by which it comm. Before records or radio you bought transcriptions which you played with friends or alone on piano The opera La Traviata alone had a whopping 400 known transcriptions of different excerpts published As a Lord of the Rings fan I read that in a Wagner opera a magic ring was forged and cursed that Siegfried won the ring in mortal combat and that the curse spells disaster for Siegfried Sound familiar It gets better Young Siegfried in 1851 shows how the magic ring was forged by a dwarf and cursed in the first place Das Rheingold Cut and paste and bingo the heart of Tolkien s LOTR clearly taken lifted straight from Wagner Carolyn then gives you the notes of the famous Tristan chord by Wagner F B D and G I expecting the heavens to open up but realized it was just a normal minor seven flat five chord common to any 1950 s jazz standard This book gives great background mentioning all the important operas and composers It s value to me was revealing operas I didn t know but should and giving me better historical perspective The White Nights of Ramadan uestion in their “effervescent witty” Die Welt Germany retelling of the history of opera examining its development the musical and dramatic means by which it comm. Before records or radio you bought transcriptions which you played with friends or alone on piano The opera La Traviata alone had a whopping 400 known transcriptions of different excerpts published As a Lord of the Rings fan I read that in a Wagner opera a magic ring was forged and cursed that Siegfried won the ring in mortal combat and that the curse spells disaster for Siegfried Sound familiar It gets better Young Siegfried in 1851 shows how the magic ring was forged by a dwarf and cursed in the first place Das Rheingold Cut and paste and bingo the heart of Tolkien s LOTR clearly taken lifted straight from Wagner Carolyn then gives you the notes of the famous Tristan chord by Wagner F B D and G I expecting the heavens to open

review A History of Opera

Unicates and its role in society Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twenty first century this “lucid and sweeping” Boston Globe narrative explores the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years between words and music char. If you already know a lot about opera this is not the book for you but if you are still in the learning process this book is good option It has some pretty boring section that I wish I could just skip especially on the operas of the twentieth century The writers are experts on 19th century opera that is easy to notice since they spent way too much pages there The way they explain the operas is sometimes heavy and hard to follow Nevertheless this book is worth reading


10 thoughts on “A History of Opera

  1. says:

    This book manages to rather fail on a lot of levels As a straight forward introduction to the magnificent messy beast that is 4 centuries of opera it really fails it’s meandering it gets caught up in navel gazy circlejerks in the middle of historical narratives that would annoy any first time opera history read

  2. says:

    Pretty much to go to for opera fans or those who like me often scratch their heads with a whafuck? whenever the genre is mentioned within earshotKnowing little of opera I was fully prepared to have my mind changed and every musical value I have to be challenged theologically and philosophically The two authors do the genre a great service The history is dense thick but never boring Sure there are some long winded bits o

  3. says:

    Before records or radio you bought transcriptions which you played with friends or alone on piano The opera La Traviata alone had a whopping 400 known transcriptions of different excerpts published As a Lord of the Rings fan I read that in a Wagner opera “a magic ring was forged and cursed; that Siegfried won the ring in mortal combat; and that the curse spells disaster for Siegfried” Sound familiar? It gets better

  4. says:

    Early assessment These two people are not gifted writers They leave too much of the verbal underbrush that is common in academic writing weak sentences that purport to convey authority Eg The important thing to notice here isTheir ideas are i

  5. says:

    I should probably put this on the abandoned shelf as I barely made it 23s through and it took 12 months to get that far but I've spent enough time on it that I feel I can make enough of a judgementThis is unfortunately a bit of a slog I felt continually disappointed at how many hours I was putting into it and barley making any progr

  6. says:

    If you already know a lot about opera this is not the book for you but if you are still in the learning process this book is good option It has some pretty boring section that I wish I could just skip especially on the operas of the twentieth century The writers are experts on 19th century opera that is easy to notice since they spent way too much pages there The way they explain the operas is sometimes heav

  7. says:

    A very engaging overview of opera for a novice opera lover like myself I came away with a better understanding of

  8. says:

    This is an intelligent well penned survey of opera of the last 400 years from its beginnings from Monteverdi to the present times with one important caveat it really is still too short at 567 pages to be comprehensive Ideally the book should

  9. says:

    I enjoyed this history very much My intentions were to get a basic feel for the development of opera and to learn

  10. says:

    Brilliant informative passionate in precise language This book is a real treat for every music lover You have to have some

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