(kindle / PDF) A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate



10 thoughts on “A History of Opera

  1. says:

    This book manages to rather fail on a lot of levels As a straight forward introduction to the magnificent messy beast that is 4 centuries of opera it really fails it’s meandering it gets caught up in navel gazy circlejerks in the middle of historical narratives that would annoy any first time opera history reader it devotes lavi

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    Pretty much to go to for opera fans or those who like me often scratch their heads with a whafuck? whenever the genre is mentioned within earshotKnowing little of opera I was fully prepared to have my mind changed and every musical value I have to be challenged theologically and philosophically The two authors do the genre a great service The history is dense thick but never boring Sure there are some long winded bits on particular opera

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    Before records or radio you bought transcriptions which you played with friends or alone on piano The opera La Traviata alone had a whopping 400 known transcriptions of different excerpts published As a Lord of the Rings fan I read that in a Wagner opera “a magic ring was forged and cursed; that Siegfried won t

  4. says:

    Early assessment These two people are not gifted writers They leave too much of the verbal underbrush that is com

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    I should probably put this on the abandoned shelf as I barely made it 23s through and it took 12 months to get that far but I've spent enough time on it that I feel I can make enough of a judgementThis is unfortunately a bit of a slog I felt continually disappointed at how many hours I was putting into it and barley making any progress The authors are terrifically boring writers regardless of their rich knowledge of o

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    If you already know a lot about opera this is not the book for you but if you are still in the learning process this book is good option It has some pretty boring section that I wish I could just skip especially on the operas of the twentieth century The writers are experts on 19th century opera that is easy to notice since they sp

  7. says:

    A very engaging overview of opera for a novice opera lover like myself I came away with a better understanding of the few operas I have seen so far and even better notes on many operas that this book introduced m

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    This is an intelligent well penned survey of opera of the last 400 years from its beginnings from Monteverdi to the present times with one important caveat it really is still too short at 567 pages to be comprehensive Ideally the book should be at least 150 pages longer Absent for example is an in depth study of baroue opera seria

  9. says:

    I enjoyed this history very much My intentions were to get a basic feel for the development of opera and to learn about its key proponents My fa

  10. says:

    Brilliant informative passionate in precise language This book is a real treat for every music lover You have to have some stamina though to go through 567 pages but they are worth the effort It is available in a very good german translation as well but you should enjoy the original the authors try and succeed not to become stuffy although th

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Free read Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Carolyn Abbate

Unicates and its role in society Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twenty first century this “lucid and sweeping” Boston Globe narrative explores the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years between words and music char. If you already know a lot about opera this is not the book for you but if you are still in the learning process this book is good option It has some pretty boring section that I wish I could just skip especially on the operas of the twentieth century The writers are experts on 19th century opera that is easy to notice since they spent way too much pages there The way they explain the operas is sometimes heavy and hard to follow Nevertheless this book is worth reading

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Acter and singer inattention and absorption Abbate and Parker argue that though the genre’s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past opera continues to change the viewer physically emotionally intellectually with its enduring pow. This is an intelligent well penned survey of opera of the last 400 years from its beginnings from Monteverdi to the present times with one important caveat it really is still too short at 567 pages to be comprehensive Ideally the book should be at least 150 pages longer Absent for example is an in depth study of baroue opera seria other than Handel s nothing but the most cursory mention of Vivaldi whose operatic works are going through a slow but steady revivalAbbate and Parker also tends to ignore the fringe repertory but their survey is excellent on the mainstream oeuvre They focus on the groundbreaking works of canonical operatic composers like Wagner s and Richard Strauss s whose Ring and Der Rosenkavalier are studied in some detail One good thing for non specialists is that they keep musicological notations to a minimum thereby ensuring those who do not read music like me could appreciate the thread of their argumentsI enjoyed reading the book but some readers might find the book a bit on the serious side without enough contemporaneous gossipy accounts of catfights between prima donnas or salacious anecdotes about composers librettists etc There are some but they do not tend to overwhelm the academic though approachable style

Free read Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Carolyn Abbate

Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this uestion in their “effervescent witty” Die Welt Germany retelling of the history of opera examining its development the musical and dramatic means by which it comm. Pretty much to go to for opera fans or those who like me often scratch their heads with a whafuck whenever the genre is mentioned within earshotKnowing little of opera I was fully prepared to have my mind changed and every musical value I have to be challenged theologically and philosophically The two authors do the genre a great service The history is dense thick but never boring Sure there are some long winded bits on particular operas that are disengaging because they re so spoilery and some of the musicological sections will be a bit thick for layfolk but they do a swell job setting out the evolution and development of opera hitting all the highlights and stressing greatly what has changed what has stayed the same and most importantly what it all means Their goal is to heighten the appreciation of the form and they certainly do that it s just a minor slog to get there I would ve appreciated a lengthier section on modern stuff and there are weird omissions no Prokofiev Come on but forgivable in the greater scheme of thingsIn fact I feel well armed now to go and actually watch some goddamn operas