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Beethoven's Fidelio : a short guide to a great opera

Author: Michael Steen
Publisher: Dublin, Ireland : Original Writing, 2014. ©2014
Series: A Short Guide to a Great Opera
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beethoven's opera Fidelio, for Mahler 'the opera of operas', celebrated the ostensible ideals of the French Revolution and of the dramatist Schiller, who maintained that tragic art should represent morality resisting suffering. Fidelio's Prisoners' chorus and its story portray liberation from darkness into light. With the Moonlight and Pathétique sonatas behind him, Fidelio was premiered in 1805, the year of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Steen, Michael.
Beethoven's Fidelio : a short guide to a great opera.
Dublin, Ireland : Original Writing, ©2014
v, 20 pages
Named Person: Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Steen
ISBN: 9781782375814 1782375813
OCLC Number: 891383989
Description: 1 online resource (28 pages) : color illustrations, photographs.
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; About The Series; Using This Ebook; About The Author; Also By The Author; Fidelio: Background; Who'S Who And What's What; Interval Chat; Ludwig van Beethoven; The war with France: the battle of Austerlitz; The overtures; The difficult but 'noble' subject matter; Beethoven and opera; Act By Act; Act 1. The courtyard of a Spanish royal prison a few miles from Seville; Act 2. In the depths of the dungeon; Finale. The Parade Ground, with a statue of the King.; Warning!; Acknowledgements and sources; Other books by Michael Steen.
Series Title: A Short Guide to a Great Opera
Responsibility: Michael Steen.

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Beethoven's opera Fidelio, for Mahler 'the opera of operas', celebrated the ostensible ideals of the French Revolution and of the dramatist Schiller, who maintained that tragic art should represent morality resisting suffering. Fidelio's Prisoners' chorus and its story portray liberation from darkness into light. With the Moonlight and Pathétique sonatas behind him, Fidelio was premiered in 1805, the year of his Third Symphony (Eroica) and of Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz. The heroine Leonore was the 'ideal woman', the virtuous wife, just like the Countess Josephine Brunsvik whom B.

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