Opera for a New Republic

Opera for a New Republic

The Zeitopern of Krenek, Weill, and Hindemith

Susan C Cook

Paperback
$34.95

University of Rochester Press

Overview

Overview

An exploration of avant-garde music and operatic form in Weimar Germany
Weimar Germany -- the age of Bauhaus and Brecht -- was a time of significant activity in all areas of the artistic avant-garde. Musicologist Susan Cook explores this intriguing period in a look at Zeitoper (topical opera) and its primary exponents, Ernst Krenek, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. Zeitoper has proved to be of importance as an experimental form that broadened the definition of modern opera and musical theatre, incorporating elements previously thought unsuitable. Celebrating modern life in its libretti, its scores borrowed heavily from American dance music and jazz.
Opera for a New Republic is the first book to provide a broad historical, cultural and artistic context for the development of this operatic genre. Through it we learn that Zeitoper, although short-lived, has proved to be a vital component in the development of twentieth-century operatic style.

Susan Cook is Professor of Musicology at the University of Wisconsin.

Details

January 1988
296 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9780835720526
Format: Paperback
University of Rochester Press
BIC AV
BISAC MUS028000
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