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Opera As Drama epub ebook

by Kerman

Opera As Drama epub ebook

Author: Kerman
Language: English
Publisher: Greenwood Press (1981)
Pages: 269 pages
ISBN: 0313227187
ISBN13: 978-0313227189
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 705
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Opera is drama; beyond the staged spectacles and emblambed warhorses that seem to draw the biggest audiences, opera exists to convey . Kerman also points out what some popular works fail as drama, and thus as opera. This is the single best work to introduce listeners to the form.

Opera is drama; beyond the staged spectacles and emblambed warhorses that seem to draw the biggest audiences, opera exists to convey drama, especially the drama of interior actions, emotions and existence. This is why characters are singing, not merely speaking. Kerman uses the examples, in case study form, of arguably histories greatest operas to point out why the form exists and thrives, and also what makes a work good, and what makes one fail. Highest recommendation.

If you are for opera, this book is for yo.  .

However, in an effort to generalize the methodology used throughout the work, Kerman has. Joseph Kerman, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of "Concerto Conversations "(1999), "Write All These Down "(California, 1994), and "Opera as Drama "(California, 1988), among other books.

Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written

Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written. First published in 1956 and revised in 1988, Opera as Drama continues to be indispensable reading for all students and lovers of opera.

Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most .

Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, a.

Passionate, witty, brilliant, Opera as Drama, although published over thirty years ago, remains one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written. He has also added a new chapter on operatic criticism

This book is far from Wagnerian, but the point of view it develops is.What remains is his violent championship of the old tautology, opera as drama. Wagner's operas and his writings forced the nineteenth century, and the twentieth, to approach opera with a new high-mindedness

This book is far from Wagnerian, but the point of view it develops is really the basic one celebrated by Oper and Drama, Wagner’s chief the- oretical statement and the important opera tract of his time. Wagner's operas and his writings forced the nineteenth century, and the twentieth, to approach opera with a new high-mindedness. No one has ever pleaded the cause so efficiently. The cause had many earlier champions, as weli as worthy opponents.

Joseph Wilfred Kerman (April 3, 1924 – March 17, 2014) was an American critic and musicologist. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his 1985 book Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (published in the UK as Musicology) was described by Philip Brett in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "a defining moment in the field. He was Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Opera As Drama - eBook. He reshaped our understanding and appreciation of Western classical music with his first book, Opera as Drama (1956), to his last, Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), including his studies on Bach, Beethoven, William Byrd, concertos, and more. He was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served two terms as chair of the Music Department. He wrote Listen together with his wife, Vivian Kerman.

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Reviews (7)
Xarcondre
Why does opera exist as a form? Why do people attend operas, and listen to them? Why should you do so? This classic, brilliant book by Kerman makes the case clearly and strongly.

Opera is drama; beyond the staged spectacles and emblambed warhorses that seem to draw the biggest audiences, opera exists to convey drama, especially the drama of interior actions, emotions and existence. This is why characters are singing, not merely speaking.

Kerman uses the examples, in case study form, of arguably histories greatest operas to point out why the form exists and thrives, and also what makes a work good, and what makes one fail. He begins with Monteverdi and ends with 20th century works like "Wozzeck" and "The Rakes Progress," while also covering Verdi, Wagner, Mozart. His chapter on Mozart's operas is one of the greatest pieces of musical critical thinking that has been written, it explains the greatness of Mozart as an opera composer and also the near-greatness, and flaws, of "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi fan tutte." Kerman also points out what some popular works fail as drama, and thus as opera.

This is the single best work to introduce listeners to the form. Highest recommendation.

Joony
Heavy going for a casual opera goer.

Uaoteowi
If you're into opera deep enough to read -this- I want to recommend the original version as well. The very controversial things that the author tried to smooth over in the revised edition are actually things that I (mostly) -liked-. One of the main points of the book is to -be- critical of opera; that there are some composers and operas that just -aren't- that great (despite their massive popularity). Most people don't see opera like pop music... there are guilty pleasures among great songs. Kerman's point is that there are a LOT of operas that are not so great and we should stop treating them all as 'jewels' in a way that we would never do with other types of music. In the original, he had the guts to -be- controversial... if not always PC.

In short, read this. But then, read the original... just understand that some of his rants there are meant to stir the pot, which, IMO opera definitely needs.

Kanek
The comon view of opera is recitative=drama, arias=music, and therefore not drama. Kerman makes a different (and therefore genuine) claim. he says that in opera the music IS the drama. To illustrate this, he enters a thorough venture in the world of opera, from the first masterpiece - Monteverdi's "orfeo" to wagner and modern operas. The work includes a discussion of the works of such giants as verdi and mozart, and also a critical look at the Leitmotive technics. Kerman is imaginative, provocative, write in a clear language. altough the book demands a background in opera appreciation. It does not demands a musical background. To some it is almost "the bible" of opera understanding. A master achievement.

GoodLike
This is one of the most thought-provoking books on music I have read. While you may not always agree with him, Kerman makes you think through your attitudes and ideas. I gained much insight from him and recommend this book highly to those who want to delve deeply into opera.

Simple
Welcome to the nonsensical ramblings of the Trofim Lysenko of US musicology, Joseph Kerman. The bilious opinions of Kerman, a conformist snob whose lack of depth, judgment or taste is meant to be obscured by relentless aggression and malevolence, are best ignored, or even used as a reverse guide. The opera lover does not need to care about what this intellectual dwarf has to say. But I pity those for whom Kerman's opinion has ever mattered professionally.

Gavinranadar
This text is vital to begin looking at opera critically. It is invaluable as I study opera more intensely. Much opera is not worth performing, and we owe it to ourselves to be critical viewers and listeners.

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