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In this innovative study, Gilles de Van focuses on an often neglected aspect of Verdi's operas: their effectiveness as theater. De Van argues that two main aesthetic conceptions underlie all of Verdi's works: that of the "melodrama" and the "musical drama." In the melodrama the composer relies mainly on dramatic intensity and the rhythm linking various stages of the plot, using exemplary characters and situations. But in the musical drama reality begins to blur, the musical forms lose their excessively neat patterns, and doubt and ambiguity undermine characters and situations, reflecting the crisis of character typical of modernity.

Although melodrama tends to dominate Verdi's early work and musical drama his later, both aesthetics are woven into all his operas: musical drama is already present in Ernani (1844), and melodrama is still present in Otello (1887). Indeed, much of the interest and originality of Verdi's operas lies in his adherence to both these contradictory systems, allowing the composer/dramatist to be simultaneously classical and modern, traditionalist and innovator.

Synopsis:

Preface1. Verdi, Dramatist2. Aesthetics3. Working on the Libretto4. Melodrama5. Metamorphoses I6. Metamorphoses II7. Music Drama8. UnityConclusionGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex of NamesIndex of Verdi Operas

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Verdi, Dramatist

2. Aesthetics

3. Working on the Libretto

4. Melodrama

5. Metamorphoses I

6. Metamorphoses II

7. Music Drama

8. Unity

Conclusion

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index of Names

Index of Verdi Operas

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226143705
Translator:
Roberts, Gilda
Author:
Roberts, Gilda
Author:
Van, Gilles De
Author:
de Van, Gilles
Author:
De Van
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Verdi, giuseppe, 1813-1901
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Vocalists
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Verdi, Giuseppe
Subject:
Dramaturgy
Subject:
Opera -- Dramaturgy.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 musical examples
Pages:
434
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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