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Opera: The Basics

  • Author: Gallo, Denise



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  • Introduction
  • Part I Terms and Topics
  • 1. Origins of Opera The ultimate Baroque expression Baroque Characteristics The Florentine Camerata: Opera's First Theorists From Polyphony to Monody: Solo Song Monody as Recitative Opera's forerunners The Intermedio Learned Comedy (Commedia erudite) Ita
  • 2. Music and Text Relationships The libretto Poetry and musical structures Compositional strategies Subjects, themes, and musical expression Summary
  • 3. Opera in Theaters Patronage Public Theaters Economics of opera Historic Houses Summary
  • 4. History of Opera on Media Recordings Opera on musical boxes The earliest recordings Opera on LPs and CDs Operas on video and DVD Film versions Summary
  • 5. Professions Composers Librettists Singers The Impresario Conductors and Directors Musicians and Dancers Critics Summary
  • 6. Opera as a Mirror of Culture and Society Cultural Expression Opera as class symbol Operatic seasons and society Censorship Opera and religion Gender politics Nationalism The Role of the Audience Summary
  • PART II Genres and Styles
  • 7. Serious Opera Opera seria Tragedie lyrique Opera comique Music drama and Gesamptkunstwerk Summary
  • 8. Comic Opera Opera buffa Farsa Intermezzo Dramma giocoso Opera comique Opera bouffe Summary
  • 9. Semi-serious Opera Opera semiseria Operetta Summary
  • 10. Vernacular Opera Singspiel Zarzuela Semi-opera Ballad opera Summary