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Mozart on the Stage

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016612

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  • Presenting a fresh approach to Mozart's achievements as a composer for the stage, John A. Rice outlines the composer's place in the operatic culture of his time. The book tells the story of how Mozart's operas came into existence, following the processes that Mozart went through as he brought his operas from commission to performance. Chapters trace the fascinating series of interactions that took place between Mozart and librettists, singers, stage designers, orchestras, and audiences. In linking the operas by topic, Rice emphasizes what Mozart's operas have in common, regardless of when he wrote them and the genres to which they belong. Overall, the book demonstrates how Mozart's entire operatic oeuvre is the product of a single extraordinary mind and a single pan-European operatic culture.

    • Provides a fresh view on Mozart's operatic achievements by organizing chapters by topic, rather than the usual chronological survey
    • Follows the process of Mozart's operas from concept to stage
    • Includes illustrative images of the theatres for which Mozart wrote his operas
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    'With its expert handling of evidence of all kinds, Rice's study must count as the best portrait yet of Mozart as a man of the theatre, sharply and convincingly drawn.' Eighteenth-Century Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016612
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 11 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mozart in the theater
    2. Mozart's operas: function, genres, archetypes
    3. Commissions, fees, and the origins of Mozart's operas
    4. Mozart and his librettists
    5. Composition
    6. Mozart and his singers
    7. Rehearsal, revision, and promotion
    8. Theaters and stage design
    9. The audience
    10. Performance and reception.

  • Author

    John A. Rice
    John A. Rice has taught music history at the University of Washington, Colby College, the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and the University of Alabama, where in 2005 he occupied the Endowed Chair in Music.

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