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A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera

Graywolf's updated edition of this classic book on opera includes a new afterword by author Peter Conrad.

"This is an astonishing book. I know of no other opera survey in English (or any other language) tossed off with such exuberant verbal virtuosity."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perhaps the most intellectually stimulating book on the subject in the past thirty years."--Publishers Weekly

Arguing that opera's deepest roots lie in our most fundamental human rituals, Peter Conrad shows us the faces of the gods that still hover over the pageant--gods of music, abandon, evil, love. then, with the dizzying skill of a practiced literary and cultural critic, the author takes us on a ride through the repertoire of operas past and present. Finally, he brings us to the climactic moment of the form: the performance. We meet the great personalities--from Puccini to Bernstein to Domingo--in their element, and see anew how their celebrity and their artistry affect us all.

"A Song of Love and Death will give pleasure to people who are learning to love opera as well as those who already know what they love."--Richard Sennett

Synopsis:

A Song of Love and Death examines the art of opera with the same creative insight that Susan Sontag's On Photography brought to its medium. It is an eloquent inquiry into the meaning of our boldest art, its expression of human irrationality and its power to disturb and excite us.

Synopsis:

A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera

Graywolf's updated edition of this classic book on opera includes a new afterword by author Peter Conrad.

"This is an astonishing book. I know of no other opera survey in English (or any other language) tossed off with such exuberant verbal virtuosity."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perhaps the most intellectually stimulating book on the subject in the past thirty years."--Publishers Weekly

Arguing that opera's deepest roots lie in our most fundamental human rituals, Peter Conrad shows us the faces of the gods that still hover over the pageant--gods of music, abandon, evil, love. then, with the dizzying skill of a practiced literary and cultural critic, the author takes us on a ride through the repertoire of operas past and present. Finally, he brings us to the climactic moment of the form: the performance. We meet the great personalities--from Puccini to Bernstein to Domingo--in their element, and see anew how their celebrity and their artistry affect us all.

"A Song of Love and Death will give pleasure to people who are learning to love opera as well as those who already know what they love."--Richard Sennett

About the Author

Peter Conrad was born in Australia and since 1973 has taught English literature at Christ Church, Oxford. He has been visiting professor at Princeton University and Williams College and has contributed essays and reviews to leading periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic. Among his books are Romantic Opera and Literary Form, Television: the Medium and Its Manners, and The Everyman History of English Literature. He divides his time between Oxford, London, and New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972417
Subtitle:
The Meaning of Opera
Author:
Conrad, Peter
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Saint Paul, Minn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
A Graywolf rediscovery
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
19960301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
406
Dimensions:
8.62 x 5.44 x 1.105 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Opera
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A Song of Love and Death: the Meaning of Opera (Graywolf Rediscovery)
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Product details 406 pages Graywolf Press - English 9781555972417 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A Song of Love and Death examines the art of opera with the same creative insight that Susan Sontag's On Photography brought to its medium. It is an eloquent inquiry into the meaning of our boldest art, its expression of human irrationality and its power to disturb and excite us.
"Synopsis" by ,
A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera

Graywolf's updated edition of this classic book on opera includes a new afterword by author Peter Conrad.

"This is an astonishing book. I know of no other opera survey in English (or any other language) tossed off with such exuberant verbal virtuosity."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perhaps the most intellectually stimulating book on the subject in the past thirty years."--Publishers Weekly

Arguing that opera's deepest roots lie in our most fundamental human rituals, Peter Conrad shows us the faces of the gods that still hover over the pageant--gods of music, abandon, evil, love. then, with the dizzying skill of a practiced literary and cultural critic, the author takes us on a ride through the repertoire of operas past and present. Finally, he brings us to the climactic moment of the form: the performance. We meet the great personalities--from Puccini to Bernstein to Domingo--in their element, and see anew how their celebrity and their artistry affect us all.

"A Song of Love and Death will give pleasure to people who are learning to love opera as well as those who already know what they love."--Richard Sennett

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