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Opera : a listener's guide

Author: Jack Sacher
Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Opera: A Listener's Guide offers a complete introduction to the world's greatest theatrical music, for both the beginning listener and the experienced connoisseur. The book opens with an overview of the special powers of opera; how the form combines music and drama, with examples drawn from masterpieces from the birth of opera to today. An explanation of the symbols and metaphors found in the words and music reveals
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sacher, Jack.
Opera.
New York : Schirmer Books, ©1997
(OCoLC)639644449
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Sacher
ISBN: 0028722728 9780028722726
OCLC Number: 36582102
Description: xv, 511 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Opera and its tools: The nature of the beast ; The filter of history ; How opera's music works, sound as symbol and metaphor --
Opera and the human condition: the search within ; The search beyond ; Extremes, the absurd and thebeautiful. Some dramas and their music: Giulio Cesare in Egitto ; Iphigénie en Tauride ; Don Giovanni ; Fidelio ; Il barbiere di Siviglia ; Rigoletto ; Die Walküre ; Carmen ; Salome ; Porgy and Bess ; Peter Grimes.
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Opera: A Listener's Guide offers a complete introduction to the world's greatest theatrical music, for both the beginning listener and the experienced connoisseur. The book opens with an overview of the special powers of opera; how the form combines music and drama, with examples drawn from masterpieces from the birth of opera to today. An explanation of the symbols and metaphors found in the words and music reveals how the deeper meanings of operatic performance are given shape and expression. The book's second part explores the relation of opera to the human condition.

The book's heart is a comprehensive examination of 11 key operas. For each work, there is a discussion of its historical and literary backgrounds, its importance in shaping the history of the genre, and its position in the life of the work of the composer. A deep discussion of each opera's plot and music, give insight into these masterpieces. The center of each study is a scene-by-scene presentation of the details of the plot and the nature of the music that brings those details to life. Each study also includes a focused reading list.

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