Mozart's Operas: A Critical Study

Mozart's Operas: A Critical Study

Read FREE!

Mozart's Operas: A Critical Study

Mozart's Operas: A Critical Study

Read FREE!

Excerpt

This book has been written with a double purpose: first, to present Mozart's principal operas as still living works to modern audiences; and, secondly, to draw from them illustrations of certain points of view from which music in general and opera in particular may be considered. These ideas have in the present work received no more than a summary indication, and I hope later on to find an opportunity of treating them more in detail. The first chapter deals mainly with principles of musical appreciation. Chapter II gives a survey of Mozart's early operas and his relation to his century, after which the more important operas are discussed at greater length. I have been careful in each case to give an account of the plot in as concise a form as possible. Quotations of music from Mozart's operas have as a rule been avoided, since cheap editions are easily available, but an exception has been made in favour of "Idomeneo," since that work is comparatively little known, even to Mozart enthusiasts. On the other hand, a number of examples have been given from the works of Mozart's contemporaries, which are for the most part extant only in manuscript or in early printed editions. The chapters on "Die Zauberflöte" were published . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.