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Cambridge Studies in Opera: German Opera: From the Beginnings to Wagner (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Opera: German Opera: From the Beginnings to Wagner (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 26/04/2001
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German opera from its primitive origins up to Wagner is the subject of this wide-ranging history. It traces the growth of the humble Singspiel into a vehicle for the genius of Mozart and Beethoven, together with the persistent attempts at German Grand Opera. Seventeenth-century Hamburg opera, the role of the travelling companies and Viennese Singspiel are all explored. Discussions that from early days absorbed Germans concerned for the development of a national art are followed, together with the influence of new critical thought at the start of the nineteenth century. The many operas studied are placed in their historical, social and theatrical context, and attention is paid to the literary, artistic and philosophical ideas that made them part of the country's intellectual history. Warrack assesses the contributions of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann, as well as Weber and Hoffmann, among others.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521235327
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 850 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'It is impossible to imagine this ground being covered more expertly or succinctly.' Michael Tanner, International Record Review
'Warrack's elegant synthesis of prior scholarship employs subtle and engaging writing ... In the course of the book he retells, always clearly and often drolly, the plots of about 200 mostly little-known operas ... anyone interested in German opera will learn a great deal from Warrack's welcome and accomplished study.' BBC Music
'This latest volume in the Cambridge Studies in Opera [series] is self-recommending, but it can be commended equally to that mythical but good-hearted soul, the general reader who should be educated, diverted and made curious in about equal measure.' Opera
'A brilliantly achieved masterpiece.' Gramophone
"Valuable, one might even say definitive..." The Opera Quarterly
"A book like this has long been needed and will surely find many grateful readers...Warrack's study will be valuable as a starting point for exploring German opera of past centuries." CHOICE Jan 2002
"The present volume defies skimming. Warrack simply will not let your attention wander when even, or especially, his least eloquent dramatis personae soliloquize under the spotlight. If this book were a piece of music, its composer would be none of those whom it actually treats, but rather, Richard Strauss: whose intellect Warrack's own resembles, in its darting curiosity, contrapuntal elaboration, and urbanity tinged with mischief. Warrack's is, in short, a thoroughly aristocratic mind." The New Criterion
"...this is a very useful work, carefully researched and quite readable. There is probably no more thorough work on the subject in English." Sixteenth Century Journal
"Cambridge University Press has done opera scholars and lovers an estimable service in publishing this volume. No one could be better qualified to lead us through the labyrinth of the history of german opera than John Warrack....Is is impossible to list all the merits of Warrack's study; suffice it to reiterate that no one could be more qualified to undertake such a project, and the results in terms of flow and synthesis could have been achieved only by someone who has devoted several decades to pursuing study of the topic." The Opera Quarterly

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