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Art and Ideology in European Opera
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430 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

18 b/w, 2 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Art and Ideology in European Opera

Essays in Honour of Julian Rushton

Edited by Rachel Cowgill, David Cooper and Clive Brown

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Essays highlight the interplay between opera, art and ideology across three centuries. Three broad themes are opened up from a variety of approaches: nationalism, cosmopolitanism and national opera; opera, class and the politics of enlightenment; and opera and otherness.
Opera, that most extravagant of the performing arts, is infused with the contexts of power-brokering and cultural display in which it was conceived and experienced. For individual operas such contexts have shifted over time and new meanings emerged, often quite remote from those intended by the original collaborators; but tracing this ideological dimension in a work's creation and reception enables us to understand its cultural and political role more clearly - sometimes conflicting with its status as art and sometimes enhancing it.
This collection is a Festschrift in honour of Julian Rushton, one of the most distinguished opera scholars of his generation and highly regarded for his innovative studies of Gluck, Mozart and Berlioz, among many others. Colleagues, associates and former students pay tribute to his work with essays highlighting the interplay between opera, art and ideology across three centuries. Three broad themes are opened up from a variety of approaches: nationalism, cosmopolitanism and national opera; opera, class and the politics of enlightenment; and opera and otherness. British opera is represented bystudies of Grabu, Purcell, Dibdin, Holst, Stanford and Britten, but the collection sustains a truly European perspective rounded out with essays on French opera funding, Bizet, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Puccini, Janácek, Nielsen, Rimsky-Korsakov and Schreker. Several works receive some of their first extended discussion in English.

RACHEL COWGILL is Professor of Musicology at Liverpool Hope University.
DAVID COOPER is Professor of Music and Technology at the University of Leeds.
CLIVE BROWN is Professor of Applied Musicology at the University of Leeds.

Contributors: MARY K. HUNTER, CLIVE BROWN, PETER FRANKLIN, RALPH LOCKE, DOMINGOS DE MASCARENHAS,DAVID CHARLTON, KATHARINE ELLIS, BRYAN WHITE, PETER HOLMAN, RACHEL COWGILL, ROBERTA MONTEMORRA MARVIN, DAVID COOPER, RICHARD GREENE, J.P.E. HARPER-SCOTT, DANIEL GRIMLEY, STEPHEN MUIR, JOHN TYRRELL.
'Studying a little of the French Air': Louis Grabu's Albion and Albanius and the Dramatic Operas of Henry Purcell - Andrew Woolley
Mendelssohn's Die Hochzeit des Camacho: An Unfulfilled Vision for German Opera - Clive Brown
Funding Grand Opera in Regional France: Ideologies of the Mid-Nineteenth Century - Katharine Ellis
Stanford and Le Fanu's Shamus O'Brien: Protestant Constructions of Irish Nationalism in Late Victorian England - David Cooper
Janácek, Nejedlý and the Future of Czech National Opera -
'As for opera, I am bewildered': Gustav Holst on the Fringe of European Opera - Richard Greene
The Sadler's Wells Dialogues of Charles Dibdin -
Nobility in Mozart's Opera - Flora Willson / Reviews
New Light and the Man of Might: Revisiting Early Interpretations of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - Rachel Cowgill
The Victorian Violetta: The Social Messages of Verdi's La traviata - Roberta Montemorra Marvin
Carl Nielsen's Carnival: Time, Space and the Politics of Identity in Maskarade - Daniel Grimley
Beyond the Exotic: How 'Easter' is Aida? - Ralph Locke
Beyond Orientalism: The International Rise of Japan and the Revisions to Madama Butterfly - Domingos de Mascarenhas
Opera as Poetry: Bizet's Djamileh and the Ironies of Orientalism -
Rimsky-Korsadov, Pan Voyevoda and the Polish Question: Exposing the 'Occidentalist Irony' - Stephen Muir
Modernism's Distanced Sound: A British Approach to Schreker and Others - Peter Franklin
Being-with Grimes: The Problem of Others in Britten's First Opera -
Epilogue: Julian Rushton: A Family Memoir - Adrian Rushton and Edward Rushton and Thomas Rushton
"[A] well-designed book. [with] lovingly prepared and edited [essays]." NINETEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC REVIEW

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Title Details

430 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

18 b/w, 2 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press