The History Of Classical Music And The History Of Opera
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
Published August 1st 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks
(first published June 1999)
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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.