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This definitive work tells the entire story of the world's most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Opera paints the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions of many works by the greatest opera composers, from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, to Verdi and Wagner, to Strauss, Puccini, Berg, and Britten. There are lively discussions of opera's social, political and literary background, its economic circumstances and the almost continual polemics that have accompanied its development through the centuries. Abbate and Parker examine the problems that opera has faced in the last half century, when new works - which were once opera's life-blood - have shrunk to a tiny minority, have largely failed to find a permanent place in the repertoire. Yet the book's final message is one of celebration. Opera as an art form remains extraordinarily buoyant and challenging. It continues to transform people physically, emotionally, and intellectually, and to articulate human experience in ways no other art form can match. '[T]his is the best single volume ever written on the subject, such is its range, authority and readability' - Times Literary Supplement 'Their fantastically clear-sighted and down-to-earth history focuses on what opera is and was rather than what it should be or would like to have been. Their virtuosic spring-clean of opera's past reveals an art form quite different to the one that we come across today' - Daily Telegraph 'Parker and Abbate have written a highly idiosyncratic and personal history of opera. [It] has a brio, insouciance, and even irreverence that are very much their own' - New Republic '[F]resh, brave, challenging and, above all, useful' - Literary Review

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9780713996333 | Gardners Books, November 1, 2012, cover price $47.00 | About this edition: This definitive work tells the entire story of the world's most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years.

Paperback:

9780141009018 | Gardners Books, April 2, 2015, cover price $21.55

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Product Description: In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging...read more

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9780691090030 | Princeton Univ Pr, October 1, 2001, cover price $47.50 | About this edition: Essays on the nature of operatic performance seek to prove live performance as an essential part of the art form's impact, discussing major works, composers, singers, and musicians, as well as their critics.

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9780691117317 | Princeton Univ Pr, August 11, 2003, cover price $38.95 | About this edition: In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel.

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Product Description: Vladimir Jankélévitch left behind a remarkable ?uvre steeped as much in philosophy as in music. His writings on moral quandaries reflect a lifelong devotion to music and performance, and, as a counterpoint, he wrote on music aesthetics and on modernist composers such as Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780691090474 | Princeton Univ Pr, July 8, 2003, cover price $49.95 | About this edition: Vladimir Jankélévitch left behind a remarkable ?

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Product Description: Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780691091402 | Princeton Univ Pr, May 1, 1991, cover price $62.50 | About this edition: Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony?

Paperback:

9780691026084 | Reprint edition (Princeton Univ Pr, April 1, 1996), cover price $52.00 | About this edition: Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony?

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Product Description: Analyzing Opera: Verdi and Wagner explores the latest developments in opera analysis by considering, side by side, the works of the two greatest opera composers of the nineteenth century. Although the juxtaposition is not new, comparative studies have tended to view these masters as radically different both as musicians and as musical dramatists...read more

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9780520061576 | Univ of California Pr, September 1, 1989, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: Analyzing Opera: Verdi and Wagner explores the latest developments in opera analysis by considering, side by side, the works of the two greatest opera composers of the nineteenth century.

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