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Igor Stravinsky, the Rake's Progress (Cambridge Opera Handbooks)

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Publisher Comments:

The Rake's Progress is Stravinsky's biggest work and one of the few great operas written since the 1920s, rare too for the unusual quality of its libretto, by Auden and Kallman. Its importance is undisputed, but so too are the problems it raises: problems of both performance and understanding, caused by the irony with which it is so thoroughly permeated. In aspects of style and operatic convention it looks back to the eighteenth century, and in particular to the operas of Mozart and da Ponte, while making references also to other periods, to operas from Monteverdi to Verdi. Yet at the same time it is wholly a work of the twentieth century, and indeed it is centrally concerned with the impossibility of return, artistic, psychological or actual, as well as with the nature and limitiation of human free will. The Rake's Progress is not one of unbridled dissipation but rather, more interestingly, one of attachment to naive notions of freedom and choice, and his tragedy is that he can never go back.

Synopsis:

'Includes explanatory essays on the opera by Gabriel Josipovici and Paul Griffiths, a detailed synopsis, an outline of the work\'s performance history, and a discussion of its genesis as well as a discography and bibliography.'

Table of Contents

1. The composer's view Igor Stravinsky; 2. The makers and their work; 3. A note on the sketches and the two version of the libretto Robert Craft; 4. Synopsis; 5. Performance history; 6. Some thoughts on the libretto Gabriel Josipovici; 7. In an operatic graveyard: act III scene 2; 8. Progress and return; Notes; Bibliography; Discography Malcolm Walker.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521281997
Editor:
Griffiths, Paul
With:
Stravinsky, Igor
With:
Stravinsky, Igor
With:
Craft, Robert
Editor:
Griffiths, Paul
Author:
Wagner, Richard
Author:
Griffiths, Paul
With:
Craft, Robert
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, reference and criticism
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Stravinsky, Igor
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Stravinsky, Igor, --1882-1971.--Rake's progre
Subject:
Stravinsky, Igor,--1882-1971.--Rake s progress
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 104-105., Discography: p. 106.
Series:
Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Series Volume:
v. 44
Publication Date:
19820831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
8.47x5.47x.32 in. .40 lbs.

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