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Opera

Author: Charles Hamm
Publisher: Boston Allyn and Bacon, 1966.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hamm, Charles.
Opera.
Boston Allyn and Bacon, 1966
(OCoLC)642376486
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Hamm
OCLC Number: 608230
Description: xii, 245 pages illustrations, music, portraits 24 cm
Contents: The singers. The singer as an individual ; Classification of voices ; Voices and roles ; Other voices --
Words and music : concepts and definitions. Spoken dialogue ; Melodrama ; Recitative ; Arioso ; Aria and song --
Recitative and aria. The Metastasian ideal ; Variations : recitative ; Scenes in recitative ; Aria without recitative --
Duet, trio, quartet, quintet. Duet as an extension of aria ; Larger ensembles --
Finale and introduction --
The chorus. The chorus as scenery ; The chorus as sound ; The chorus as narrator and commentator ; The chorus as protagonist --
The orchestra and its use. eginnings : the continuo and the singer ; Monteverdi and expansion of the orchestra ; Later seventeenth-century practice ; Neapolitan opera and spectacular singing ; Mozart, Gluck, and the accompanying orchestra ; The nineteenth century and the giant orchestra ; The twentieth century : reaction against the giant orchestra ; On and off-stage music --
Prelude and overture. The call to attention ; Prelude ; The potpourri opening ; The formalized overture ; Miscellaneous openings --
Dance and pantomime. Nineteenth-century struggles ; Other countries ; Dance as scenery ; Principals as dancers ; Pantomime and gesture --
Opera and music drama --
Summation : opera as music and drama.
Responsibility: [by] Charles Hamm.

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