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The rise of opera

Author: Robert Donington
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's Sons, ©1981.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Donington, Robert.
Rise of opera.
New York : C. Scribner's Sons, ©1981
(OCoLC)756465878
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Donington
ISBN: 0684171651 9780684171654
OCLC Number: 7969995
Description: 399 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Defining opera : Drama as the essence of opera ; A totality of staged words and music --
2. The philosophical ingredient : The long arm of neoplatonism ; The start of renaissance neoplatonism ; Ficino's platonic inwardness --
3. The poetical ingredient : Neoplatonic poetry in Italy ; Pastoral drama ; Allegory and symbolism --
4. The musical ingredient : Music and drama ; Modulation and monody --
5. The threshold : Neoplatonic spectacles in Italy ; A union of the arts in France ; Circe: a French court ballet ; Conti's contemporary explanation ; Bardi's Florentine interludes --
6. The reciting style : Declamation the central problem ; Sound and sense in poetry ; Poetry in music ; groups and personalities at Florence ; The start of the reciting style ; Varieties of the reciting style --
7. The modern style : The reciting style as modern style ; The second practice ; The emulating style ; A blend of styles in early opera --
8. Across the threshold : Three pastorals near to opera ; Dafne: the earliest opera ; Cavalieri's contribution ; Peri's achievement ; Caccini's exaggerated claims ; Doni's balanced summary --
9. Opera achieved : The structure of Dafne ; The story of Dafne ; The neoplatonic images --
10. Opera comes into fashion ; Borderline opera ; The genre arrives ; A Florentine wedding ; Opera thereafter taken for granted --
11. Monteverdi and his 'orfeo' : From Florence to Mantua ; And opening Toccata ; A neoplatonic personification ; Act I: a pastoral idyll ; A dramatic irony ; Act II: sudden catastrophe ; The mythology of snakes ; Act III: the descent ; Act IV: the underworld ; The prohibition disobeyed ; Act V: immortality ; The neoplatonic ending 12. Consolidation : The human touch ; Neoplatonic opera in decline ; Initiatives outside Italy --
13. Rome and Venice compared ; Roman spectacle ; Neoplatonism again ; Roman opera falls back ; Venetian opera takes up ; Popular opera at Venice --
14. Monteverdi at Venice : Monteverdi's later output ; Gods and men ; The familiar Homeric scenario unfolds ; Monteverdi's last opera ; What happens to the history ; The fairy-tale beneath the history --
15. The Venetian succession : The end of the beginning ; Cavalli as successor ; A pioneering opera of intrigue ; Relaxing the craftsmanship ; Comedy and pathos ; Symptoms of transition --
16. The Italian sequel : Italian opera on the change ; Mid-baroque opera ; Chamber cantata in advance of opera ; Transition accelerates --
17. The approach to French opera : French court ballet ; The Italian influence ; The anti-Italian reaction --
18. The rise of French opera : Two failed attempts ; Lully successful ; Lully and Quinault ; The French Academy ; The French convention --
19 Love and glory : A chivalric fantasy ; A dark forest of misunderstanding ; A dark prison of the spirit ; The answering glow.
Responsibility: Robert Donington.

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