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The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera by David (Dr, Royal Holloway, University of London) Charlton
  

The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

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The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera by David (Dr, Royal Holloway, University of London) Charlton

This 2003 Companion is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the world of grand opera. Through this volume a team of scholars and writers on opera examine those important Romantic operas which embraced the Shakespearean sweep of tragedy, history, love in time of conflict, and the struggle for national self-determination. Rival nations, rival religions and violent resolutions are common elements, with various social or political groups represented in the form of operatic choruses. The book traces the origins and development of a style created during an increasingly technical age, which exploited the world-renowned skills of Parisian stage-designers, artists, and dancers as well as singers. It analyses in detail the grand operas by Rossini, Auber, Meyerbeer and Halevy, discusses grand opera in Russia and Germany, and also in the Czech lands, Italy, Britain and the Americas. The volume also includes an essay by the renowned opera director David Pountney.

Reviews

'... contains more information about its subject than any previous publication in English. For the serious lover of opera, as well as for the cultural historian, this is not only an impressive collection but one that will be dipped into for many years.'
Contemporary Review

'... a book, that deserves no recommendation lower than the very high one conferred by its own scholarship.'
Gramophone

'This collection of 19 essays offers a thematic survey of the genre ... although written largely by academics, this absorbing book is refreshingly free of academic jargon. Its contributors obviously share a love of the subject and are keen to share their enthusiasm. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys opera.'
Classical Music

'Charlton's book is well-illustrated (copious music examples) and annotated and has been seen through the press with agreeable accuracy. It reads well, is an invaluable reference work and should have the English language to itself for many a long year.'
BBC Music Magazine

'This is a comprehensive and extensive book. Anyone needing to study grand opera should ensure that they have it to hand. It also provides superb background reading if you want to explore the operas of Meyerbeer et al.'
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About the Author

David Charlton is Professor of Music History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Gretry and the Growth of Opera-Comique (Cambridge, 1986), E. T. A. Hoffman's Musical Writings: Kreisleriana; The Poet and the Composer; Music Criticism (Cambridge, 1989) and most recently, French Opera 1730-1830 (2000).

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Publication date

4th September 2003

Author

David (Dr, Royal Holloway, University of London) Charlton

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Cambridge University Press

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Paperback
522 pages

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ISBN

9780521646833

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