Anthony Arblaster: Viva la Libertą! (Viva la Liberta!) Politics In Opera
Book Number: MB8272
Verso London 2000 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Music Literature. Opera. , The author uncovers the political dimensions of a vast range of works, from 'The Marriage of Figaro' to 'Nixon in China'; beginning with an investigation of opera in revolutionary France, Arblaster goes on to analyse Mozart's enigmatic politics, and to explore the work of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi in the contect of the 'Risorgimento'; further chapters examine Wagner;s early radicalism and notorious aniti-semitism, nationalism in Russian, Czech and English opera, and the weaknesses of Puccini and Strauss; he also discusses the place of women in opera, and concludes with a fascinating survey of the treatment of everyday life in opera and musicals from Dallapiccola to Sondheim. 340 pages.