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The History Of Classical Music And The History Of Opera

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The History of Opera is an affordable and accessible resource for the listening and appraising skills element in any music curriculum. Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera from its origins in the 16th century to the present day in the first three CDs. The excerpts include Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, Bellini, Berlioz, Gounod, Offenbach, Saint-Saens, Bizet, V ...more
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Published August 1st 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published June 1999)
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Thomas
Jun 06, 2017 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
A mile wide and an inch thick, as someone once described my college education. It does cover just about every major (and not so major) composer of opera, from Peri to Philip Glass, though most get exceedingly short shrift. It ends with some notes on production and a few hoary anecdotes that would probably induce eye-rolling if repeated in certain company. Unfortunately, it does not include "The Rabbit of Seville" or "What's Opera, Doc?" but the recording excerpts from other notable works make it ...more
Vinícius Landvoigt
Works as an introduction to the subject. There's a good point on listening, rather than reading, this kind of book because various snippets of key Operas are included during the book to help understand the different characteristics of each period or composer.
Francisco
Jan 07, 2016 Francisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, music
Enthusiastic, occasionally humorous, and enticing. This audiobook made me want to listen to more opera, and left me with the feeling that I know something about opera and its history. Although five hours (the duration of this History) seem long, in fact there's so much ground to cover that most of the time I felt like I was rushing through a period or composer. A few technical terms escaped me, so it might help if you already know something about opera, but in general it's quite accessible.

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Jw Moore
Sep 14, 2013 Jw Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The four discs cover nearly four centuries of opera, from Monteverdi to Stockhausen, with ample musical selections sprinkled in. These musical interludes are quite short, of course, but quite adequate to their purpose. Fawkes takes for granted a certain basic understanding of musical themes and movements, but even a musical novice will find much to enjoy here.
Joe Marley
Good overview of opera. Unlike some textbooks, which shall remain nameless, Fawkes actually has interesting stories and talks about the significant accomplishments of minor composers, not just the big fancy composers.
Mark Wilder
A nice introduction with a good number of audio tracks to show stylistic differences as opera evolved.
Matt
Nov 03, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
A good introduction to opera with some good anecdotes. I enjoyed how they had excerpts to explain what they were talking about. Made me anxious to keep learning more about opera...
Danny
Apr 27, 2012 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

All of the musical interludes were enlightening.

And hearing a Castrato sing was kinda creepy.

XO
Nov 13, 2013 XO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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