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Twentieth century opera : a guide

Author: George Whitney Martin
Publisher: New York : Limelight Editions, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Limelight edView all editions and formats
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The earlier edition of this book, published in 1979, surveved 75 years of opera, offering synopses of 78 major works, noting trends and accomplishments and speculating upon what was likely to occur in the next 25 years. Now, from the threshold of the millennium, George Martin reports on the entire twentieth century, replacing speculation with operas composed and trends established. To that end some parts of the last  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Stories, plots, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Whitney Martin
ISBN: 0879102756 9780879102753
OCLC Number: 41119117
Description: xvii, 703 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Some Aspects of Twentieth-Century Opera, 1900-75 --
Leos Janacek: A Life in Music --
Puccini Psychoanalyzed: A Twentieth-Century Approach to Musical Biography --
Stravinsky and the Natures of Ballet and Opera --
Prokofiev's Operas: Bad Luck and Politics --
Some Aspects of Twentieth-Century Opera, 1976-99 --
Synopses --
Agyptische Helena --
Akhnaten --
Albert Herring --
Amahl and the Night Visitors --
Amelia al Ballo --
Arabella --
Ariadne auf Naxos --
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny --
Ballad of Baby Doe --
Bassarids --
Beggar's Opera --
Betrothal in a Monastery --
Billy Budd --
Burning Fiery Furnace --
Capriccio --
Consul --
Crucible --
Cunning Little Vixen --
Curlew River --
Daphne --
Death in Venice --
Devil and Daniel Webster --
Dialogues des Carmelites --
Down in the Valley --
Dreigroschenoper --
Duke Bluebeard's Castle --
Enfant et les sortileges --
Excursions of Mr. Broucek --
Fanciulla del West --
Fiery Angel --
Four Saints in Three Acts --
Frau ohne Schatten --
Friedenstag --
From the House of the Dead --
Gambler --
Ghosts of Versailles --
Gianni Schicchi --
Gloriana --
Heure espagnole --
Histoire du Soldat --
Intermezzo --
Jenufa --
Junge Lord --
Kat'a Kabanova --
Kluge --
Knot Garden --
Liebe der Danae --
Lighthouse --
Little Sweep --
Love of Three Oranges --
Lulu --
Makropulos Affair --
Mamelles de Tiresias --
Mavra --
Medium --
Midsummer Marriage --
Midsummer Night's Dream --
Moses und Aron --
Mother of Us All --
Nixon in China --
Noye's Fludde --
Oedipus Rex.
Other Titles: 20th century opera
Responsibility: by George Martin.

Abstract:

The earlier edition of this book, published in 1979, surveved 75 years of opera, offering synopses of 78 major works, noting trends and accomplishments and speculating upon what was likely to occur in the next 25 years. Now, from the threshold of the millennium, George Martin reports on the entire twentieth century, replacing speculation with operas composed and trends established. To that end some parts of the last edition (but none of the synopses) have been replaced with new material: an introductory chapter, synopses of eleven additional operasincluding Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts, Weill's Street Scene, Blitzstein's Regina, Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Glass's Satyagraha, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Davies' The Lighthouse, Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and John Adams's Nixon in China - and a "Compendium and Glossary" of composers, critical terms and pertinent miscellanea.

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