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Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna

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Daniel Heartz, Bruce Alan Brown, Marvin Carlson, Paolo Gallarati, Edmund J. Goehring, Tia DeNora, Mary Hunter, Marita P. McClymonds, Ronald S. Rabin, Michael F. Robinson, Jessica Waldoff, Sergio Durante, James Webster, John Platoff, Julian Rushton
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027113

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  • This collection of essays, presented by an internationally known team of scholars, explores the world of Vienna and the development of opera buffa in the second half of the eighteenth century. Among the topics explored are the relationship of Viennese opera buffa to French theater; Mozart and eighteenth century comedy; gender, nature and bourgeois society on Mozart's buffa stage; as well as close examinations of key works such as Don Giovanni and Figaro.

    • First book in the new opera series, Cambridge Studies in Opera
    • The first book in English dedicated to one of the most important aspects of opera history
    • Explores Mozart and his world: the musicians, performers, and the cultural and social climate
    • Contributors are a team of internationally known scholars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Highly involved, with countless details , the book is a superb in-depth look into a fascinating period of music history. Highly recommended...." American Record Guide

    "...a clear picture of the bifurcation of 18th-century opera...graduate students through faculty and the occasional ambitious undergraduate." Choice

    "Together, the essays in this volume, expertly written by all contributors, help to explain the lasting success of the Mozart/da Ponte collaborations..." Henry Bloch, Journal of the Conductors Guild

    "...a thoughtful critical evaluation of the various analytical and methodological approaches encountered in the book..." E. Thomas Glasow, Opera Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027113
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.395kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 13 tables 43 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Mary Hunter and James Webster
    Part I. Historical and Literary Contexts:
    1. Goldoni, opera buffa, and Mozart's advent in Vienna Daniel Heartz
    2. Lo specchio francese: Viennese opera buffa and the legacy of French theatre Bruce Alan Brown
    3. Il re alla caccia and Le roi et le fermier: Italian and French treatments of class and gender Marvin Carlson
    4. Mozart and eighteenth-century comedy Paolo Gallarati
    Part II. Social and Generic Meanings:
    5. The sentimental muse of opera buffa Edmund J. Goehring
    6. The biology lessons of opera buffa: gender, nature, and Bourgeois society on Mozart's buffa stage Tia Denora
    7. Bourgeois values and Opera Buffa in 1780's Vienna Mary Hunter
    8. Opera seria? Opera buffa? Genre and style as sign Marita P. McLymonds
    9. Figaro as misogynist: on aria types and aria rhetoric Ronald J. Rabin
    10. The alternative endings of Mozart's Don Giovanni Michael F. Robinson
    11. Don Giovanni: recognition denied Jessica Waldoff
    Part III. Analytical and Methodological Issues:
    12. Analysis and dramaturgy: reflections towards a theory of Opera Sergio Durante
    13. Understanding opera buffa: analysis = interpretation James Webster
    14. Operatic ensembles and the problem of the Don Giovanni sextet John Platoff
    15. Buffo roles in Mozart's Vienna: tessitura and tonality as signs of characterization Julian Rushton
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  • Editors

    Mary Hunter, Bowdoin College, Maine

    James Webster, Cornell University, New York


    Daniel Heartz, Bruce Alan Brown, Marvin Carlson, Paolo Gallarati, Edmund J. Goehring, Tia DeNora, Mary Hunter, Marita P. McClymonds, Ronald S. Rabin, Michael F. Robinson, Jessica Waldoff, Sergio Durante, James Webster, John Platoff, Julian Rushton

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