The Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna: A Poetics of Entertainment

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CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxi
Editorial Policiesxv
Abbreviationsxvii
INTRODUCTION3
Theatrical Conversations3
Opera Buffa's Place in Viennese Entertainment6
German Theatre as a Context for Opera Buffa7
Audiences for Opera Buffa13
Viennese Opera Buffa as a Repertory15
The Poetics of Entertainment18
Opera Buffa as Pleasure19
Opera Buffa's Politics20
The Social Values of Closed Musical Numbers22
Mozart “in Context”24
PART ONE: Opera Buffa as Entertainment
CHAPTER ONE Opera Buffa as Sheer Pleasure 27
Decontextualization: The Pleasures of the Ending28
The Pleasures of the Familiar30
Familiar Sources31
The Suggestion of Novelty33
Models and Archetypes: Familiarity and Convention34
Musical Familiarity and Predictability36
Plot Archetypes40
The Pleasures of Performance42
Performed Performances46
CHAPTER TWO Opera Buffa's Conservative Frameworks 52
Realism and Distance54
Hierarchy in and around Opera Buffa56
The Reinforcement of Hierarchy as a Principle58
Affirming Stability67

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