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Introduction

Jessica Waldoff

in Recognition in Mozart's Operas

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195151978
eISBN:
9780199870387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151978.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This introductory chapter presents the scope and value of recognition as an approach to Mozart's operas. The terms recognition and reversal (Aristotle's anagnôrisis and peripeteia) are defined, and ... More


Reading Opera for the Plot

Jessica Waldoff

in Recognition in Mozart's Operas

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195151978
eISBN:
9780199870387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151978.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter takes up the question of how an individual event, such as a recognition scene, functions with respect to the operatic plot as a whole. It explores the notion of plot in critical works ... More


Alfred Bruneau and Émile Zola

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0025
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on Alfred Bruneau and Émile Zola. Bruneau was known as a musical progressive in his work as a music critic for Gil-Bias and Le Figaro and in his compositions. His orchestral ... More


Learning to Read

Adam Watt

in Reading in Proust's A la recherche: 'le délire de la lecture'

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199566174
eISBN:
9780191721519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566174.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers the narrator's own acts of reading in the novel, tracing the development of his understanding of the phenomenology of the act. After the Primal Scenes, reading Bergotte further ... More


Figaro’s Mistakes

David Lewin

in Studies in Music with Text

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182088
eISBN:
9780199850594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182088.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Sigmund Freud, in the second of his Introductory Lectures, catalogues some common forms of erroneous performance, such as misspeaking, misreading, mishearing, and mislaying. This chapter continues ... 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


Cherubino’s Leap

Richard Kramer

in Cherubino's Leap: In Search of the Enlightenment Moment

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226377896
eISBN:
9780226384085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226384085.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

This chapter considers the character Cherubino from Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro. A participant in what might be called a contrapuntal subplot, at once extraneous and yet essential to 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


Musical Analysis as Stage Direction

David Lewin

in Studies in Music with Text

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182088
eISBN:
9780199850594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182088.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter proposes two linked ideas about classical music theater. First, it suggests that each analytical observation about the music-cum-text intends (inter alia) a point of dramatic direction. ... 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


Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Transformation of a Tradition

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181296
eISBN:
9780199851416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0026
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Il barbiere di Siviglia was not, in its earliest years, Gioachino Rossini’s best-liked opera. Its arrival at classic status came rather later, at a time, ironically, when Rossini’s ... More


Opera Buffa: ‘Most Important is that it must be Really Comic’ 1

Julian Rushton

in The Master Musicians: Mozart

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182644
eISBN:
9780199850624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Mozart's central place in the operatic canon rests mainly on three works with libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte, thanks to which the privileged position of Viennese opera buffa among late 18th-century ... More


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


Sisterhood and Seduction II: Friendship and Class

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/9780520248021.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The question of being a real prima donna seems to be a starting point for much of the critical discussion regarding the Countess Almaviva and her maid, Susanna. The heroines of Le nozze di Figaro ... More


Woman's Identity II: Loss and Legitimacy

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/9780520248021.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The premieres of Le barbier de Seville (1775) and Le mariage de Figaro (1784) were separated by nine years of royalty disputes, censorship, and imperial prohibition. Le marriage was an amazing ... More


Prestige

Hannah Freed-Thall

in Spoiled Distinctions: Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780190201029
eISBN:
9780190201043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201029.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents a case study in the volatility of aesthetic value in early twentieth-century France. It investigates Proust’s involvement in the “Lemoine Affair,” a diamond-fabrication scandal ... More


Intertroupe Rivalries: The Reception of figaro

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/9780190692636.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Joseph II’s failed scheme to swap the Austrian Low Countries for Bavaria provoked the formation of a league of states opposed to this reconfiguration of Europe. In order to repair the damage done to ... More


Dynastic Alliances: The Genesis of Don Giovanni

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


Da Ponte as Impresario: The Revival of figaro

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/9780190692636.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Opera

The last-minute decision to reprieve the opera buffa left Da Ponte needing to recruit singers as a matter of urgency. In doing so, he made use of Ferrarese del Bene’s recent experience of performing ... More


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