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Opera in 17th Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre (Centennial Books) Paperback – 26 Oct 2007

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"In this elegantly constructed study of the early decades of public opera, the conflicts and cooperation of poets, composers, managers, designers, and singersproducing the art form that was soon to sweep the world and that has been dominant ever sinceare revealed in their first freshness."Andrew Porter
"This will be a standard work on the subject of the rise of Venetian opera for decades. Rosand has provided a decisive contribution to the reshaping of the entire subject. . . . She offers a profoundly new view of baroque opera based on a solid documentary and historical-critical foundation. The treatment of the artistic self-consciousness and professional activities of the librettists, impresarios, singers, and composers is exemplary, as is the examination of their reciprocal relations. This work will have a positive effect not only on studies of 17th-century, but on the history of opera in general."Lorenzo Bianconi"

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Ellen Rosand is George A. Saden Professor of Music at Yale and author of Monteverdi's Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for scholars only 30 Aug. 2009
By C. Crocca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I give talks on various opera topics for my local opera guild. I do not have a musical education, just a passion for opera. This history has a lot of interesting material about how opera developed as a public (as opposed to courtly) entertainment. The tone is scholarly but readable. The book was a great resource for my talk on madness in opera because it discusses the developnment of the mad scene and its conventions in this period. Some of the later chapters are somewhat too technical for my level of knowledge, but there is enough here to fascinate those with a more general interest in the music and the history of the period, as well as those with a more thorough knowledge. It is not written for the general reader in the sense that it makes an effort to present the material in the most entertaining way, however. So if "Verdi with a Vengeance" is more your style, this book may not be for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 Feb. 2011
By Opera lover in Chicago - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very thorough look at the beginnings of commercial opera. This book is extremely readable and fascinating and is loaded with musical examples.
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