From Garrick to Gluck: Essays on Opera in the Age of Enlightenment

From Garrick to Gluck: Essays on Opera in the Age of Enlightenment

From Garrick to Gluck: Essays on Opera in the Age of Enlightenment

From Garrick to Gluck: Essays on Opera in the Age of Enlightenment

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One of the most productive and influential musicologists of our time, Daniel Heartz has published several important books and musical editions. But much of his finest work has taken the form of essays, which he has continued to produce throughout his long career. This volume presents a collection of Heartz’s essays on musical theater in the eighteenth century, bringing together articles written between 1967 (“From Garrick to Gluck”) and 2001 (“Grimm’s Le petit prophète de Boehmischbroda,” published here for the first time). I hope it will serve not only as a tribute to this great teacher-scholar but also as a convenient means for musicologists, musiclovers, students, and specialists in eighteenth-century studies to find and read Heartz’s work.

Heartz has always sought, in both his teaching and his writing, to communicate with those outside of musicology. A long-standing member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, he has given several lectures at plenary sessions of its conferences and those of its regional affiliates. His essays often deal with literature, painting, and architecture as well as music. Many of them have appeared in journals and collections of papers not easily accessible to musicologists, while eighteenth-century specialists who are not musicologists may sometimes have trouble finding articles published in musicological journals. By increasing the accessibility of Heartz’s essays, this book will encourage their use and enjoyment by musicologists and non-musicologists alike.

This collection will also help to bridge the linguistic and geographical gap that may have hindered the appreciation of some of Heartz’s work. A committed internationalist, Heartz has attended many scholarly conferences in Europe and published many of his essays in European journals and conference reports. Several of his papers were published in German or French. While he is as well known and as respected in Europe as in North America, the Atlantic Ocean, even in our brave new world of the Internet, can represent a serious barrier for an Italian scholar looking for an article published in a lesser-known American publication, for an American art historian looking for an essay published in a German musicological periodical, or for an American student wishing to read “Diderot et le théâtre lyrique: ‘le nouveau stile’ proposé par Le Neveu de Rameau” (until now unavailable in English).

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