The Faber Book Of Opera

Sutcliffe Tom

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: Fine
Publisher: Faber And Faber
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2000
Edition: First Edition

Description: 402 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in Fine condition throughout.

Publishers Description: A wide-ranging anthology covering the written record of opera -- from Tchaikovsky on Wagners Ring to Cecil Beaton on Turandot at the Met. Opera.Opera has always generated strong, uncompromising views and opinions. For example, what did Berlioz write about Webers Der Freischutz in 1841 What was the idea behind Glucks Reform operas How did Mozart himself view his collaboration with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte What is the legacy of Maria Callas These are among the myriad questions that are addressed in The Faber Book of Opera, an exceptional collection of writings about opera--in theory, in practice, in review and in fiction--all drawn from prime sources by acclaimed music critic Tom Sutcliffe. From Gustave Flauberts description of a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in Madame Bovary to Voltaires exploration of the difficulties of conveying true tragedy within the operatic form to Virginia Woolfs views on Wagners Parsifal, which seemed to her to have been "poured out in a smooth stream at white heat," this is a collection that covers, in over 75 short, carefully chosen excerpts, just what it is that makes opera so extraordinary. After all, the history of opera is not just the musical masterpieces that have been written during the last 400 years; it is also the record of what people--ranging from Goethe to Rousseau to Verdi and Stravinsky--thought about the process and about what composers through the centuries have tried to do through this unique form.

ISBN: 9780571195954


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