Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss Lawrence Kramer

ISBN: 9780520251601

Published: May 1st 2007

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261 pages


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Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss  by  Lawrence Kramer

Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss by Lawrence Kramer
May 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 261 pages | ISBN: 9780520251601 | 6.58 Mb

In this enlightening and entertaining book, one of the most original and sophisticated musicologists writing today turns his attention to musics most dramatic genre. Extending his ongoing project of clarifying musics various roles in WesternMoreIn this enlightening and entertaining book, one of the most original and sophisticated musicologists writing today turns his attention to musics most dramatic genre. Extending his ongoing project of clarifying musics various roles in Western society, Kramer brings to opera his distinctive and pioneering blend of historical concreteness and theoretical awareness.Opera is legendary for going to extremes, a tendency that has earned it a reputation for unreality.

Opera and Modern Culture shows the reverse to be true. Kramer argues that for the past two centuries the preoccupation of a group of famous operas with the limits of supremacy and debasement helped to define a normality that seems the very opposite of the operatic. Exemplified in a series of beloved examples, a certain idea of opera—a fiction of opera—has contributed in key ways to the modern eras characterizations of desire, identity, and social order. Opera and Modern Culture exposes this process at work in operas by Richard Wagner, who put modernity on the agenda in ways no one after him could ignore, and by the young Richard Strauss.

The book continues the initiative of much recent writing in treating opera as a multimedia rather than a primarily musical form. From Lohengrin and The Ring of the Niebelung to Salome and Elektra, it traces the rich interplay of operatic visions and voices and their contexts in the birth pangs of modern life.



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