Introduction to Opera

Introduction to Opera

By: Paul Terry (author)Paperback

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Opera is a thrilling art form that deals with life's rawest emotions and greatest passions: love, jealousy, revenge, forgiveness, sex, passion, corruption, fate, power and death. Combining music with drama creates an exciting spectacle which can convey emotions, create moods, and portray the inner feelings and desires of characters more powerfully than words alone. Add in wonderful sets, costumes and increasingly complex technical effects, and you have a genre that embraces all the arts in one. This accessible and engaging introduction has been written for both students and newcomers to opera. Simply explained, and illustrated with pictures from a wide range of productions, it includes: A guide to what to expect when you go to the opera Behind-the-scenes insights into how an opera is put together and staged, including set design, costumes, lighting and technical effects An overview of the history and development of opera through the ages An in-depth look at 12 featured operas from different periods and styles A playlist of video clips has been chosen to accompany the book.

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Paul Terry studied music at the University of East Anglia and trained as a teacher at Cambridge University. He taught from primary to 6th-form level for 20 years, including 15 years as head of music at a well-known public school, after which he combined examining with part-time teaching at his local university. Paul was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for nearly 30 years, and has been Chief Examiner in Music for both OCSEB (now part of OCR) and Edexcel (for whom he pioneered the introduction of Music Technology as an A-level subject). He has also served as a member of the Secondary Examinations Council and its successor the Schools Examinations and Assessment Council, and has been employed as a music consultant by several examining boards. Paul's many publications include a number of books on music for Rhinegold Publishing, three books on A-level music aural published by Schott, books on music technology and group music-making for Musonix Publishing, and various articles on music education for Music Teacher, Classroom Music, Ensemble, and other periodicals. Paul continues to work as an author, editor and music engraver in music publishing, while trying to make more time to indulge his passions for music theatre, cycling and foreign travel.


What is opera? Behind the scenes The origins of opera Baroque opera (1600-1750): Claudio Monteverdi, Venetian Opera, Neapolitan Opera, Opera beyond Italy, Lully and Rameau in France, Purcell and Handel in England Classical Opera (1750-1815): Gluck and the reform of opera, Mozart, Rescue Opera Romantic Opera (1815-1900): Italy - Rossini, The Bel Canto style and Bellini and Donizetti, Verdi, The verismo style and Puccini, France - Grand opera and opera comique, Bizet, Germany - Weber and Wagner, Nationalism, Operetta Opera in the modern era: Richard Strauss, Debussy and Bartok, Schoenberg and Berg, Opera in Russia - Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, Janacek, From Zeitoper to the operatic musical, British Opera - Benjamin Britten, Old and new directions Glossary

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781780382470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781780382470
  • ISBN10: 1780382472

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