The Crown of Thorns

Author:Jessica Waldoff

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:9780195348538

Total Pages:352

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Since its beginnings, opera has depended on recognition as a central aspect of both plot and theme. Though a standard feature of opera, recognition--a moment of new awareness that brings about a crucial reversal in the action--has been largely neglected in opera studies. In Recognition in Mozart's Operas, musicologist Jessica Waldoff draws on a broad base of critical thought on recognition from Aristotle to Terence Cave to explore the essential role it plays in Mozart's operas. The result is a fresh approach to the familiar question of opera as drama and a persuasive new reading of Mozart's operas.

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Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Author:Kristi Brown-Montesano

Publisher:Univ of California Press

ISBN:9780520932968

Total Pages:352

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Is The Marriage of Figaro just about Figaro? Is Don Giovanni’s story the only one—or even the most interesting one—in the opera that bears his name? For generations of critics, historians, and directors, it’s Mozart’s men who have mattered most. Too often, the female characters have been understood from the male protagonist’s point of view or simply reduced on stage (and in print) to paper cutouts from the age of the powdered wig and the tightly cinched corset. It’s time to give Mozart’s women—and Mozart’s multi-dimensional portrayals of feminine character—their due. In this lively book, Kristi Brown-Montesano offers a detailed exploration of the female roles in Mozart’s four most frequently performed operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. Each chapter takes a close look at the music, libretto text, literary sources, and historical factors that give shape to a character, re-evaluating common assumptions and proposing fresh interpretations. Brown-Montesano views each character as the subject of a story, not merely the object of a hero’s narrative or the stock figure of convention. From amiable Zerlina, to the awesome Queen of the Night, to calculating Despina, all of Mozart’s women have something unique to say. These readings also tackle provocative social, political, and cultural issues, which are used in the operas to define positive and negative images of femininity: revenge, power, seduction, resistance, autonomy, sacrifice, faithfulness, class, maternity, and sisterhood. Keenly aware of the historical gap between the origins of these works and contemporary culture, Brown-Montesano discusses how attitudes about such concepts—past and current—influence our appreciation of these fascinating representations of women.

Mozart, 21 of His Most Popular Pieces

Author:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Willard A. Palmer

Publisher:Alfred Music

ISBN:145743847X

Total Pages:64

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Some of Mozart's most popular works are contained in this volume, including the "Fantasia in D Minor," the "Sonata in C Major" (first movement) and the "Turkish March" from the Sonata in A Major. Other selections include intermediate-level transcriptions from operas and orchestral works. Arranged in the order of difficulty, each piece is prefaced by a short description. A biographical sketch of the composer is also provided.

Opera's Second Death

Author:Slavoj Zizek,Mladen Dolar

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:113520778X

Total Pages:246

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Opera's Second Death is a passionate exploration of opera - the genre, its masterpieces, and the nature of death. Using a dazzling array of tools, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar explore the strange compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, as well as our own desires to die and to go to the opera.

Six Easy Pieces (based on Mozart's opera

Author:Christian Gottlob Neefe,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,Dmitry Rachmanov

Publisher:Alfred Music

ISBN:1470628392

Total Pages:52

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The Six Easy Pieces arranged by German composer, conductor, and organist Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748--1798) are inspired by the original vocal/orchestral score of The Magic Flute. These pieces are idiomatic piano duets (one piano, four hands) that remain faithful to the original composition. Filled with wit and charm, they contain many of the memorable elements of the opera: Papageno's magic bells, gentle love duets, tenderhearted trios, and lively arias. Based on the 1793 first edition, Neefe's dynamics, articulations, and phrase marks have been preserved. Editorial suggestions have been given in parentheses and footnotes to aid in performance. Titles: * No. 1 ("Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" / "Yes, I am the bird catcher") * No. 2 ("Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" / "In men who know the feeling of love") * No. 3 ("Soll ich dich, Theurer, nicht mehr sehn?" / "Shall I, dear one, never see you again?") * No. 4 ("Das klinget so herrlich" / "That sounds so pretty") * No. 5 ("Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" / "A sweetheart or a little wife") * No. 6 ("Klinget, Glöckchen, klinget!" / "Ring, little bells, ring!")

Mozart the Dramatist

Author:Brigid Brophy

Publisher:Faber & Faber

ISBN:0571304729

Total Pages:336

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Brigid Brophy first published her passionate, profoundly original Mozart the Dramatist in 1964, revisiting it subsequently in 1988. Organised by theme, the text offers brilliant readings of Mozart's five most famous operas - Die Entfhrung aus dem Serail, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cos fan tutte, and Die Zauberflte - while a 1988 preface reconsiders Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito. Brophy's analysis is richly informed by her readings and interests in psychoanalysis, myth, and relations between the sexes, but her stress above all is on Mozart's 'unique excellence', his 'double supremacy' both as a 'classical' and 'psychological' artist. 'An illuminating, invigorating, thought-provoking and profoundly human book, of immense value to any lover of Mozart.' Jane Glover

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

Author:Michael Steen

Publisher:Icon Books Ltd

ISBN:1848314590

Total Pages:30

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Although the story of Figaro’s success in preventing the Count of Almaviva’s seduction of his fiancée Susanna was politically explosive, it was tolerated in the court of the relatively enlightened Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. Mozart’s opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, uses a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, and was premièred in Vienna in 1786. It was based on a famous play by the Frenchman Beaumarchais, a sequel to The Barber of Seville. Characters including Figaro, the Countess, Cherubino the page, Doctor Bartolo and Barberina the gardener’s daughter sing a succession of famous arias – such as Se vuol ballare, Non più andrai, Dove sono, Porgi amor and Voi, che sapete, to mention but a few – in which Mozart’s musical characterisation is legendary. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read books about opera. Each is an opera guide packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville.

The Magic Flute

Author:Chris Raschka

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1481449036

Total Pages:40

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From Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Chris Raschka comes a gorgeously illustrated retelling of Mozart’s classic opera, The Magic Flute. The Magic Flute is the favorite choice of many opera lovers. But ask any of them to tell you the rambunctious, mystical, and downright oddball story of the opera and no two tellers will agree. Enter Chris Raschka, an opera goer himself. His stunning version of the original plot and the otherworldly events which inspired Mozart’s glorious music showcases his interpretation from the storytelling front curtain at the start, to the radiant finale at the end. Readers will be exclaiming, Bravo!

Performing Operas for Mozart

Author:Ian Woodfield

Publisher:Cambridge University Press

ISBN:1139505211

Total Pages:N.A

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The Italian opera company in Prague managed by Pasquale Bondini and Domenico Guardasoni played a central role in promoting Mozart's operas during the final years of his life. Using a wide range of primary sources which include the superb collections of eighteenth-century opera posters and concert programmes in Leipzig and the Indice de' teatrali spettacoli, an almanac of Italian singers and dancers, this study examines the annual schedules, recruitment networks, casting policies and repertoire selections of this important company. Woodfield shows how Italian-language performances of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito flourished along the well-known cultural axis linking Prague in Bohemia to Dresden and Leipzig in Saxony. The important part played by concert performances of operatic arias in the early reception of Mozart's works is also discussed and new information is presented about the reception of Josepha Duschek and Mozart in Leipzig.

The Opera A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory.

Author:R. A. (Richard Alexander) Streatfeild

Publisher:tredition

ISBN:3847205382

Total Pages:237

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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

La Tosca

Author:Victorien Sardou

Publisher:Good Press

ISBN:

Total Pages:159

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"La Tosca", de Victorien Sardou. Publié par Good Press. Good Press publie un large éventail d'ouvrages, où sont inclus tous les genres littéraires. Les choix éditoriaux des éditions Good Press ne se limitent pas aux grands classiques, à la fiction et à la non-fiction littéraire. Ils englobent également les trésors, oubliés ou à découvrir, de la littérature mondiale. Nous publions les livres qu'il faut avoir lu. Chaque ouvrage publié par Good Press a été édité et mis en forme avec soin, afin d'optimiser le confort de lecture, sur liseuse ou tablette. Notre mission est d'élaborer des e-books faciles à utiliser, accessibles au plus grand nombre, dans un format numérique de qualité supérieure.

Fingerpicking Mozart (Songbook)

Author:N.A

Publisher:Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN:1458469131

Total Pages:32

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(Guitar Solo). 15 of Mozart's timeless compositions: Ave Verum (Jesu, Word of God Incarnate) * Eine Kleine Nachtmusik * Laudate Dominum * Minuet in G Major, K. 1 * Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major * Piano Sonata in A * Rondo in C Major * and more.

19 of His Most Popular Piano Selections

Author:Fr̩d̩ric Chopin

Publisher:Alfred Music

ISBN:9781457438356

Total Pages:64

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Some of Chopin's best-loved works are contained in this volume. More advanced than 14 of His Easiest Piano Selections, familiar preludes, waltzes and mazurkas are joined by "Fantaisie-Impromptu," "Etude in E Major" and "Polonaise in A Major." This versatile collection could be used over the span of several years as a student's facility develops. Helpful biographical and historical materials are provided for each work.

Mozart for Guitar (Songbook)

Author:N.A

Publisher:Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN:1458498417

Total Pages:16

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(Guitar Book). A marvelous collection of music for guitar arranged at the easy to intermediate level of difficulty. All pieces are arranged for flat picked style guitar.

The World Of Opera: Mozart

Author:Martin Hoyle

Publisher:Omnibus Press

ISBN:0857127616

Total Pages:144

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A new and popular biography that will appeal to all those who love the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and who would like to know more about his operas and the life he lived. Perhaps Mozart's operas -- more than any of the other forms in which he composed -- hint most at his "divine discontent", and reveal how this child prodigy turned into a genius who could see into the human heart.

Lorenzo da Ponte

Author:Rodney Bolt

Publisher:A&C Black

ISBN:1408820749

Total Pages:448

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By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime operas - The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni. After losing all his money and the woman he loved he started afresh in New York, and by the end of his life he had founded its first opera house and become a university professor. Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating and entertaining biography of a larger-than-life character, and a vibrant portrait of four cities and four changing eras of history.