The Cambridge companion to twentieth-century opera /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Cooke, Mervyn.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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For this addition to the "Cambridge Companions to Music" series, Cooke solicited (from predominantly British scholars) a wide-ranging group of informative, engaging essays on the many facets of 20th-century opera. The book's organization provides the reader with historical context for artistic developments throughout the century. Essays in part 1 ("Legacies") give a general account of the operatic landscape at the turn of the 20th century. Part 2 ("Trends") discusses stylistic trends--symbolism, expressionism, neoclassicism, minimalism--and their major proponents. A section titled "Topographies" treats the subject from a local perspective, offering essays on opera production in the major European centers and the US. Modernist trends are investigated in part 4 ("Directions"), which also includes a discussion of opera in the marketplace and the effects of technology on opera. The editor has done an excellent job of covering this varied and multifaceted topic. The essays aptly meet the series' aim of providing useful information to both general readers and specialists in the field. The volume includes a 29-page chronology of 20th-century opera premieres and black-and-white illustrations, along with the standard apparatus. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels. S. C. Champagne Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

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