Through an Opera Glass

Through an Opera Glass

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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 130 x 190mm
  • United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 024557820X
  • 9780245578205

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Of all areas of music history, the opera most easily lends itself to amusing and dramatic treatment. In this survey, the authors have taken advantage of the flamboyant context of their subject in describing the evolution of the form from its early Greek origins through the chamber opera, comic opera, highly romantic opera of the nineteenth century, symphonic opera of Wagner, up to the intellectually demanding works of Alban Berg and Stravinsky. They sensibly combine anecdote with history, and a brief section on American opera and on singers in North America helps to bring the subject into focus for its designed readers. Although the bulk of material by necessity forces a book of this size to linger only briefly on any specified aspect, it does provide a readable and accurate introduction for the beginning student of opera. (Kirkus Reviews)show more