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Musicking Shakespeare : a conflict of theatres

Author: Daniel Albright
Publisher: Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2007.
Series: Eastman studies in music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, Daniel Albright, one of today's most intrepid and vividly communicative explorers of the border territory between literature and music, offers insights into how composers of genius can help us to understand Shakespeare. Musicking Shakespeare demonstrates how four composers--Purcell, Berlioz, Verdi, and Britten--respond to the distinctive features of Shakespeare's plays: their unwieldiness, their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Hector Berlioz; Giuseppe Verdi; Benjamin Britten; William Shakespeare; Macbeth, Schottland König; Romeo und Julia.; Hector Berlioz; Benjamin Britten; Henry Purcell; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Giuseppe Verdi; Hector (1803-1869) Berlioz; Giuseppe (1813-1901) Verdi; Benjamin (1913-1976) Britten; William Shakespeare; Giuseppe Verdi; William Shakespeare; Henry Purcell; Benjamin Britten; Hector Berlioz
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Albright
ISBN: 9781580462556 1580462553
OCLC Number: 85862327
Description: x, 317 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Romeo and Juliet. Introduction to part 1 ; The Veronese social code ; The code of love ; Love against language ; The afterlife of Romeo and Juliet ; La lance branlée : French opinions of Shakespeare ; Berlioz in the plural ; Roméo et Juliette : introduction ; Roméo et Juliette : the symphony ; Roméo et Juliette : the opera resumes --
Macbeth. Shakespeare's random ; Magic as theft ; Prophesying ; Squinting at consequences ; Macbeth's children ; Macbeth as an actor ; Two theatres ; Witches amok ; Sortileges of speech ; Lady Macbeth as witch ; Time slips ; La sonnambula --
A midsummer night's dream. Cosmicomedy ; The picture of cupid ; Depictorializing cupid ; Cupid's wax ; The tedious brief scene ; Other dreams in other summers : the aesthetic of the masque ; Purcell's The fairy queen ; Lampe's Pyramus and Thisbe ; Experimenters : Mendelssohn and Korngold ; Britten's A midsummer night's dream.
Series Title: Eastman studies in music.
Responsibility: Daniel Albright.
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Demonstrates how Purcell, Berlioz, Verdi, and Britten, responding to Shakespeare's juxtaposition of contrasting theatrical styles, devised music dramas that call opera into question.  Read more...

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Winner, CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award, 2008 Engrossing, . . . learned and enlightening discussions of how literature always aspires to the wordless power of music.BIBLIOTHEQUE D'HUMANISME Read more...

 
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