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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


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


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


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


Not without Madness: Perspectives on Opera

Fabrizio Della Seta

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226749143
eISBN:
9780226749167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Opera often seems to arouse either irrational enthusiasm or visceral dislike. Such madness, as Goethe wrote, is indispensable in all theater, and yet in practice, sentiment and passion must be ... 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


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