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Between Incoherence and Inauthenticity: Don Giovanni and Faust

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses the entire opera Don Giovanni, which explores the liberal, individualist component of the modern outlook. Don Giovanni, the embodiment of limitless desire, is one of perhaps ... More


Feminine Vengeance I: The Assailed/Assailant

Donna Anna

in Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248021
eISBN:
9780520932968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248021.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Donna Anna responds to Giovanni's criminal trespass, vowing that she will bring him into custody or else die in the effort. It is she whose desire for vindication remains constant throughout the ... More


Enshrining Mozart: don giovanni and the viardot circle

Mark Everist

in Mozart's Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780195389173
eISBN:
9780199979202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

Pauline Viardot-Garcia purchased of the autograph of Don Giovanni in London in 1855 whereupon it was associated with a number of ritualistic discourses comparable with very few such documents before ... More


Sisterhood and Seduction I: Abandonment and Rescue

Donna Elvira

in Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248021
eISBN:
9780520932968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248021.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Excessive sensibility and an imprudent nature ensnare Donna Elvira in a cycle of humiliation, whether she wants to kiss Giovanni or kill him. Seduced and betrayed by Don Giovanni, Donna Elvira ... More


Speaking with the Supernatural

E. T. A. Hoffmann, George Bernard Shaw, and Die Oper Aller Opern

in Mozart's Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780195389173
eISBN:
9780199979202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman has been a recurrent topic in studies of the reception of Mozart's Don Giovanni, but was preceded by “Don Giovanni Explains” (1887). Shaw humorously argues Don ... More


Authority and Judgment in Don Giovanni

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

As we may observe in the play Don Giovanni, Leporello, despite his many statements and attempts of leaving his master, was never really able to push through with his plans of leaving. This is because ... More


Class Survival

Kristi Brown-Montesano

in Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248021
eISBN:
9780520932968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248021.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

It is no surprise that among the women of Don Giovanni, Zerlina is generally the critical favorite. Quite simply, she is easy to like. In contrast to Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, the country girl ... More


Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Karol Berger

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book examines works by Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to support two claims: first, that it was only in the later eighteenth century that music began to take the flow of time from the ... More


Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

Kristi Brown-Montesano

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248021
eISBN:
9780520932968
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248021.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book offers a detailed exploration of the female roles in Mozart's four most frequently performed operas: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. Each chapter ... More


The Rake, The Don, The Flute: W. H. Auden as Librettist (1982)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter criticizes Anglo-American poet W. H. Auden's translation of the opera The Rake's Progress, Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni. It suggests that Auden's translation of the opera has given the ... More


The Hidden Center

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents detailed readings of several celebrated ensembles—specifically the Figaro Sextet, the Idomeneo Quartet, the Don Giovanni Quartet, the first-act Figaro Trio, and the Don Giovanni ... More


In the Name of Christ

Maurizio Viroli

in As If God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142357
eISBN:
9781400845514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.003.0019
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter considers the opposition to fascism. For instance, Don Giovanni Minzoni, parish priest in Argenta, massacred by the fascists on August 23, 1923, was among the first who understood the ... More


The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182644
eISBN:
9780199850624
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the great icons of Western music. An amazing prodigy — he toured the capitals of Europe while still a child, astonishing royalty and professional musicians with his ... More


Jacques Maritain and the Catholic Muse in Lourié’s Post-Petersburg Worlds

Caryl Emerson

in Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199829446
eISBN:
9780199377244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829446.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter provides a general introduction to the Maritain-inspired NeoThomist resonances in Lourié’s writings on music and in the opera The Blackamoor of Peter the Great, balancing Lourié’s ... More


On Not Writing a Preface: (Prefatory Letter to George Docquois, Le plaisir des jours et des nuits, Paris, 1907; Autograph Ms, BNF, Dept de la musique, Rés F.1644 [5])

Roger Nichols

in Camille Saint-Saëns: On Music and Musicians

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195320169
eISBN:
9780199852086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents Camille Saint–Saëns’ letter to George Docquois, telling him the reasons for not writing a preface to introduce Docquois’ poetical thoughts and collected verse plays. It holds ... More


Dynastic Alliances: The Genesis of <i>Don Giovanni</i>

Ian Woodfield

in Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190692636
eISBN:
9780190692667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190692636.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

The onset of the Austro-Turkish War had a major impact on opera in Vienna, as Joseph II decided on economic grounds to close one of his two companies, bringing to an end two years of intertroupe ... More


In Time of War: The Vienna <i>don giovanni</i>

Ian Woodfield

in Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190692636
eISBN:
9780190692667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190692636.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

The year 1788 was a difficult one for the Austrian Monarchy, as the first campaign of the war against the Ottoman Empire ended inconclusively. Joseph II and Archduke Franz were away from Vienna, ... More


Mozart’s Don Juan

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0033
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, long in the repertoire of the Théâtre-Italien, has now arrived at the Opéra—in French, as required by that theater. The box-office success of a work so “expressive, dramatic, ... More


Music Review

Katherine Kolb

in Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199391950
eISBN:
9780199391981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera, History, Western

Berlioz uses Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Beethoven’s late quartets to measure progress in the Parisian public’s musical education. At the Théâtre-Italien, he finds some improved audience behavior: ... More


Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Ian Woodfield

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190692636
eISBN:
9780190692667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190692636.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This is a study of the political context in which Mozart wrote his three Italian comedies, Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. Joseph II’s decision to place his opera buffa troupe in ... More


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