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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge Companions to Music) [Hardcover]

Anthony R. DelDonna , Pierpaolo Polzonetti
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25 Jun 2009 Cambridge Companions to Music
Reflecting a wide variety of approaches to eighteenth-century opera, this Companion brings together leading international experts in the field to provide a valuable reference source. Viewing opera as a complex and fascinating form of art and social ritual, rather than reducing it simply to music and text analysis, individual essays investigate aspects such as audiences, architecture of the theaters, marketing, acting style, and the politics and strategy of representing class and gender. Overall, the volume provides a synthesis of well established knowledge, reflects recent research on eighteenth-century opera, and stimulates further research. The reader is encouraged to view opera as a cultural phenomenon that can reveal aspects of our culture, both past and present. Eighteenth-century opera is experiencing continuing critical and popular success through innovative and provoking productions world-wide, and this Companion will appeal to opera goers as well as to students and teachers of this key topic.

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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521873584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521873581
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'This Companion has succeeded in its aim to address a wide range of skills and interests. The style is always accessible … It cannot fail to leave its readers enlightened.' Musical Times

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Bringing together leading international experts in the field of eighteenth-century opera, this Companion is a definitive reference resource which provides well established knowledge, reflects recent thinking and stimulates further individual research. Key topics covered include the productive process of opera, national styles and genres, acting, ballet and the libretto.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely valuable material for students 21 July 2012
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Naturally a book of this size can't contain absolutely all you need to know about the subject (this is no bad thing - its reasonable size makes it a practical student resource). If you are looking for a book which details the origins of the genre(s), or discusses issues surrounding characterisation, or even musical treatment of voices, this book isn't ideal (I recommend 'Oxford Illustrated Guide to Opera'). I, however, was writing an essay on musico-dramatic conventions in 18th-century opera, and for that it was ideal. It is excellent for studying the nature of different operatic genres of the time (Seria, Drama Giocoso, etc), how they differ, and what precisely we mean musically and dramatically by a given label, for example, 'Opera Buffa'.
It also illustrates broad points of importance with well-explained examples. For instance, in explaining the importance of the 'ensemble finale' in Drama Giocoso, the author gives a detailed structural analysis of the finale of Figaro, Act II. This is enormously helpful for essay writing.
In this regard, I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Cambridge Companion 23 April 2013
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I now have read two Cambridge Companions, and I found both of them very well done. The other one was "The C C to Pascal," and it was great.
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