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Drawing on hundreds of operas, singspiels, ballets, and plays with supernatural themes, Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests argues that the tension between fantasy and Enlightenment-era rationality shaped some of the most important works of eighteenth-century musical theater and profoundly influenced how audiences and critics responded to them.

David J. Buch reveals that despiteand#8212;and perhaps even because ofand#8212;their fundamental irrationality, fantastic and exotic themes acquired extraordinary force and popularity during the period, pervading theatrical works with music in the French, German, and Italian mainstream. Considering prominent compositions by Gluck, Rameau, and Haydn, as well as many seminal contributions by lesser-known artists, Buch locates the origins of these magical elements in such historical sources as ancient mythology, European fairy tales, the Arabian Nights, and the occult. He concludes with a brilliant excavation of the supernatural roots of Mozartand#8217;s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, building a new foundation for our understanding of the magical themes that proliferated in Mozartand#8217;s wake.and#160;

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Drawing on hundreds of operas, singspiels, ballets, and plays with supernatural themes, Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests argues that the tension between fantasy and Enlightenment-era rationality shaped some of the most important works of eighteenth-century musical theater and profoundly influenced how audiences and critics responded to them.

David J. Buch reveals that despite—and perhaps even because of—their fundamental irrationality, fantastic and exotic themes acquired extraordinary force and popularity during the period, pervading theatrical works with music in the French, German, and Italian mainstream. Considering prominent compositions by Gluck, Rameau, and Haydn, as well as many seminal contributions by lesser-known artists, Buch locates the origins of these magical elements in such historical sources as ancient mythology, European fairy tales, the Arabian Nights, and the occult. He concludes with a brilliant excavation of the supernatural roots of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, building a new foundation for our understanding of the magical themes that proliferated in Mozart’s wake. 

About the Author

David J. Buch is visiting professor in the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Abbreviationsand#160;

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Introduction

Precedents and Sources of Magic and the and#8220;Marvelousand#8221;

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1 Land#8217;Acadand#233;mie Royale de Musique

2 Opand#233;ra-comique

3 Italian Serious Genres

4 Italian Comic Genres

5 German Musical Theater

6 The Supernatural in the Operas of Mozartand#160;

and#160;

Postscript

The Significance and Influence of Supernatural Topics

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Appendix A: Chronological List of Operas, Ballets, Comand#233;dies, Fand#233;eries, Pantomimes and Other Plays with Magic and Supernatural Content, 1699and#8211;1791

Appendix B: Selected Italian Circe, Medea and Orpheus Operas, 1700and#8211;1791

Appendix C: Operas Based on Ariosto and Tasso, 1700and#8211;1791

Appendix D: Some Eighteenth-Century Italian Don Juan Settings

Appendix E: Chronological List of German Theatrical Works with Magic and Supernatural Content, 1728and#8211;92

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226078090
Author:
Buch, David Joseph
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Buch, David J.
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History
Subject:
Musical theater
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Subject:
Musical theater - Europe - History -
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Heritage of Sociology
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 color plates, 6 halftones, 51 musical
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Drawing on hundreds of operas, singspiels, ballets, and plays with supernatural themes, Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests argues that the tension between fantasy and Enlightenment-era rationality shaped some of the most important works of eighteenth-century musical theater and profoundly influenced how audiences and critics responded to them.

David J. Buch reveals that despite—and perhaps even because of—their fundamental irrationality, fantastic and exotic themes acquired extraordinary force and popularity during the period, pervading theatrical works with music in the French, German, and Italian mainstream. Considering prominent compositions by Gluck, Rameau, and Haydn, as well as many seminal contributions by lesser-known artists, Buch locates the origins of these magical elements in such historical sources as ancient mythology, European fairy tales, the Arabian Nights, and the occult. He concludes with a brilliant excavation of the supernatural roots of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, building a new foundation for our understanding of the magical themes that proliferated in Mozart’s wake. 

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