The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas

The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas : The Cultural and Musical Background to "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi Fan Tutte"

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Mozart's collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte led to the composition of these three operas. This work describes the cultural and social context in which they were written, together with Mozart's own hopes and expectations for his works. The operas were composed over a period of rapid intellectual and political change, during which Mozart's beliefs, ambitions and position in society shifted radically. At a musical level, Mozart's work underwent crucial stylistic developments that are manifest in these three operas. This work aims to provide insight into Mozart's creative technique and into the functions of opera in his more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 28mm | 721.21g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16pp plates, figures, tables, appendix, bibliography, index
  • 019313215X
  • 9780193132153

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List of illustrations. Note concerning currency. Introduction. The social context - Vienna and her ruler; musicians, opera and audience in Mozart's time; Mozart and Vienna; Mozart and his personal circle; Da Ponte and the "Buffa" plot; "Cosi fan tutte" and contemporary morality; Mozart and "opera buffa"; drama and musical form in "Le nozze di Figaro"; "Don Giovanni" - musical form and dramatic cohesion; "Cosi fan tutte". Epilogue. Appendix. Bibliography. more

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