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Dramma per Musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century
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 th ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 22nd 1997 by Yale University Press
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a collection of essays on opera seria rather than a history or general survey of the genre, this volume is essentially a rebuttal to the view, chiefly expressed in Freeman's Opera Without Drama, that eighteenth-century Italian opera was merely a vehicle for vocal display. analyzing libretti through the lens of classicist dramatic theory rather than nineteenth- and twentieth-century psychological realism, Strohm convincingly illustrates the innovative methods composers used to project the ethos a ...more