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  • Puccini: A Listener's Guideby John Bell Young

    Dover Publications 2016; US$ 14.95

    Giacomo Puccini (1858?1924) began his career at the end of the Romantic period and his death signaled the end of the last major age of Italian opera. During his lifetime and in posterity, the composer's popularity surpassed that of his peers, and three of his works ? La bohéme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly ? rank among the twenty-first century's... more...

  • The Crafty Art of Operaby Michael Hampe; Chris Walton

    Boydell & Brewer 2016; US$ 29.15

    Insights into an opera stage director's work from an internationally acclaimed director and teacher. more...

  • Finding an Endingby Philip Kitcher; Richard Schacht

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 13.99

    Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelung . In Finding an Ending , two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in... more...

  • Vanishing Sensibilitiesby Kristina Muxfeldt

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 43.99

    Vanishing Sensibilities examines music of Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, and their contemporaries in drama and poetry, showing how music was a powerful force in lively ongoing conversations about the nature of liberty, consent in marriage, freedom of expression, and other matters of cultural and political urgency in this age of censorship. more...

  • The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Centuryby Rachel Cowgill; Hilary Poriss

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 26.99

    The Arts of the Prima Donna assembles a star-studded yet well-balanced cast of contributors, whose essays combine theoretical approaches to text and narrative, and current theory on gender, performativity, and the commodification of the female body, with the growing understanding of the lives, careers, and performances of the female opera singer. more...

  • Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Dramaby Sarah Hibberd

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    The genre of mélodrame à grand spectacle that emerged in the boulevard theatres of Paris in the 1790s - and which was quickly exported abroad - expressed the moral struggle between good and evil through a drama of heightened emotions. Physical gesture, mise en scène and music were as important in communicating meaning and passion as spoken dialogue.... more...

  • Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuriesby David J. Smith; Rachelle Taylor

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Peter Philips (c.1560-1628) was an English organist, composer, priest and spy. He was embroiled in multifarious intersecting musical, social, religious and political networks linking him with some of the key international players in these spheres. Despite the undeniable quality of his music, Philips does not fit easily into an overarching, progressive... more...

  • Music, Sexuality and the Enlightenment in Mozart's Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutteby Charles Ford

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Music, Sexuality and the Enlightenment explains how Mozart's music for Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte 'sounds' the intentions of Da Ponte's characters and their relationships with one another. Mozart, by way of the infinitely generative and beautiful logic of the sonata principle, did not merely interpret Da Ponte's characterizations... more...

  • John Adams's Nixon in Chinaby Timothy A. Johnson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    John Adams's opera, Nixon in China, is one of the most frequently performed operas in the contemporary literature. Timothy A. Johnson illuminates the opera and enhances listeners' and scholars' appreciation for this landmark work. This music-analytical guide presents a detailed, in-depth analysis of the music tied to historical and political contexts.... more...

  • Opera as Soundtrackby Jeongwon Joe

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Filmmakers' fascination with opera dates back to the silent era but it was not until the late 1980s that critical enquiries into the intersection of opera and cinema began to emerge. Jeongwon Joe focusses primarily on the role of opera as soundtrack by exploring the distinct effects opera produces in film, effects which differ from other types of... more...