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Author Strohm, Reinhard.

Title Dramma per musica : Italian opera seria of the eighteenth century / Reinhard Strohm.

Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.1094509033 STRO  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [306]-316) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: the dramma per musica in the eighteenth century -- 2. A context for Griselda: the Teatro Capranica in Rome, 1711-1724 -- 3. The Neapolitans in Venice -- 4. The crisis of Baroque opera in Germany -- 5. Francesco Corselli's drammi per musica for Madrid -- 6. Apostolo Zeno's Teuzzone and its French models -- 7. Antonio Vivaldi's setting of Teuzzone: dramatic speech and musical image -- 8. Antonio Salvi's Amore e maesta and the funesto fine in opera -- 9. Amore e maesta: the emancipation of an opera libretto -- 10. Tolomeo: Handel's opera and the rules of tragedy -- 11. Arianna in Creta: musical dramaturgy -- 12. Sinfonia and drama in opera seria -- 13. Handel's Ariodante: Scotland and Arcadia -- 14. Rulers and states in Hasse's drammi per musica -- 15. The Earl of Essex, servitore di due padrone.
Summary Dramma per musica -- the most usual term for Italian serious opera from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century -- was a modern, enlightened form of theater that presented a unified, artistically designed, dramatic enactment of human stories, expressed by the voice and underscored by the orchestra. This book by one of the world's most eminent musicologists illustrates the diversity of this baroque art form and explains how it has given us opera as we know it.
Reinhard Strohm introduces the concept and history of dramma per musica and then examines the contemporary reception and environment of this operatic tradition, analyzing its social and repertorial patterns and comparing it to theories on the roles of French spoken drama and Italian libretto reform. In describing the principles observed by poets, composers, and performers, Strohm discusses such central concepts of theory and practice as verisimilitude, decorum, gesture, and rhetoric. He also decodes various works, including Handel's Ariodante, operas by Hasse, and stage works featuring the Earl of Essex. Throughout the book, Strohm surveys the traditions of the spoken theater and pays special attention to the subject matter of the librettos, as well as to drama theory, stage action, patronage, political history, and ideology. His account covers opera houses in Rome, Naples, Venice, Hamburg, Dresden, Vienna, Madrid, London, and Warsaw, as he follows one character of the dramatic tradition across the European stages for more than two centuries.
Authoritative and enlightening, this book reveals how dramma per musica forms a vital part of our theatrical and musical heritage.
Subject Opera -- Italy -- 18th century.
ISBN 0300064543