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American opera

Author: Elise K Kirk
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2001.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With this overview, Elise K. Kirk provides a lively history of one of America's liveliest arts. A treasure trove of information on a substantial, heretofore neglected repertoire, American Opera sketches musical traits and provides plot summaries, descriptions of sets and stagings and biographical details on performers, composers and librettists for more than a hundred American operas, many of which have received
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elise K Kirk
ISBN: 0252026233 9780252026232
OCLC Number: 44414175
Description: xii, 459 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Opera--lyric barometer of American life --
Part 1 : The voyage, 1730 to 1915 --
The British connection --
The earliest American operas --
National themes and the American image --
Mime, melodrama, and song --
Grand opera--the American way --
In the spirit of comedy --
Part 2 : The signposts, 1880 to 1960 --
Wagnerism and the American muse --
Native Americans through symbolism and song --
American opera at the Met : the Gatti-Casazza story --
From the black perspective --
Innovators and iconoclasts : or, is it opera? --
The impact of mass media --
Part 3 : The discoveries, 1945 to the turn of the century --
The new American verismo --
New York City Opera's "American plan" --
Dreamers of decadence --
Bold turns on familiar paths --
Heroes for our time --
Toward the new millennium and beyond --
Epilogue : American opera at the crossroads --
Appendix : Milestones in American opera.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Elise K. Kirk.

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A comprehensive historical overview of American opera. This is a useful guide to a neglected art form that will be of use for those just beginning their interests. It offers information for the  Read more...

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"Chronological, orderly and agreeable to read. " -- Joan Peyser, Opera News "Well-documented, enjoyable ... highly recommended." -- Library Journal "A readable history, chock full of fascinating, not Read more...

 
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