An Essay on the Opera? Saggio Sopra L'opera in Musica: Anonymous English Translation 1768 (Studies in the History & Interpretation of Music S. v. 120)
By: Francesco Algarotti (author), Robin Burgess (editor)Hardback
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This essay on opera by Francesco Algarotti is an important, but neglected treatise of eighteenth century musical aesthetics. It belongs to that movement in the arts that rejected the artificiality and formality of Baroque style and moved towards the naturalness of expression characteristic of the painting, literature, drama, fashion, and gardening of the latter part of that century.
Robin Burgess is Director of the Westminster Cathedral Centre for Spirituality.
Acknowledgements i; Preface iii; Editor's Foreword vii; Dedicatory Letter 1; Introduction 3; Chapter 1: Of the form, argument or business of an opera 9; Chapter 2: Of the musical composition for operas 17; Chapter 3: Of the recitative and singing in operas 33; Chapter 4: Of the dances 43; Chapter 5: On scenery, dress etc. 47; Chapter 6: On the structure of theatres 57; Conclusion 65; Aeneas in Troy 69; Iphigenia in Aulis 75; A short Glossary of certain terms used in this work 103; Bibliography 107; Index of Names 111.
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