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Not without madness : perspectives on opera

Author: Fabrizio Della Seta; Mark Weir
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013. ©2013
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In these 12 essays, the author explores the concept of opera as a dramatic event and an essential moment in the history of theatre. Examining the meaning of opera and the devices that produce and transmit this meaning, he looks at the complex verbal, musical and scenic mechanisms in parts of 'La Sonnambula', 'Ernani', 'Aida', 'Le Nozze di Figaro', 'Macbeth' and 'Il Trovatore'. He argues that approaches to the study  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Della Seta, Fabrizio.
Not without madness.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012004826
Named Person: Giuseppe Verdi; Giuseppe Verdi
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fabrizio Della Seta; Mark Weir
ISBN: 0226749169 9780226749167 1283657619 9781283657617
OCLC Number: 1033684641
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Originally published in Italian as: " ... Non senza pazzia" : prospettive sul teatro musicale. Rome : Carocci editore, 2008.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 303 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: Theory and analysis. Emotion and action : on the theory of Italian opera ; Ernani : the "Carlo Quinto" act ; "O cieli azzurri" : exoticism and dramatic discourse in Aida ; What "happens" in the act 2 finale of Le nozze di Figaro? ; The death of King Duncan : from Shakespeare to Verdi, via the French Revolution ; "D'amor sull'ali rosee" : analyzing melody and the creative process --
History and criticism. Some difficulties in the historiography of Italian opera ; Verdi : the Italian tradition and the European experience ; Meyerbeer in nineteenth-century Italian criticism and the idea of "musical drama" ; Alberto Mazzucato and the beginnings of Italian Verdi criticism ; Parola scenica in Verdi and his critics ; Gabriele Baldini on Verdi : a theory of opera.
Other Titles: Non senza pazzia.
Responsibility: Fabrizio Della Seta ; translated by Mark Weir.


Presents new analytical approaches to thinking about eighteenth - and nineteenth-century opera through the lenses of its historical and cultural contexts. This title explores the concept of opera as  Read more...


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"Not without Madness abounds with highly original concepts and insights. Fabrizio Della Seta tackles the subject of meaning in music and opera in an engaging way, responding to a wealth of stimuli Read more...

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