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The Opera A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory.   By: (1866-1919)

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The book written by R. A. Streatfeild, "The Opera: A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With Full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory" is a comprehensive and informative guide encompassing the vast world of opera. Streatfeild successfully delivers a condensed yet detailed overview of the development and evolution of this celebrated art form.

One of the book's significant strengths is its structured approach to presenting the history of opera. Streatfeild takes readers on a chronological journey, beginning with the origins of opera in ancient Greece and leading up to the modern era. This sequential layout provides a clear framework for understanding the transitions, influences, and innovations that have shaped opera throughout the centuries.

Furthermore, the author's extensive knowledge and evident passion for the subject shine through each page. Streatfeild's analysis is both perceptive and insightful, as he delves into the intricacies of various operatic genres, styles, and composers. His explanations of the development of opera in different countries and the emergence of specific operatic movements are particularly enlightening.

What truly sets this book apart is its inclusion of detailed descriptions of works in the modern opera repertoire. Streatfeild showcases an array of notable operas, providing synopses, analyses, and exploring the significance and impact of each piece. These descriptions serve as an invaluable reference for both casual readers and seasoned opera aficionados, offering a comprehensive understanding of the most renowned works in the modern canon.

While the book offers a wealth of information, some readers might find the level of detail overwhelming or dense at times. Streatfeild's writing style can be scholarly, and he assumes a certain level of prior knowledge about opera. However, for those who enter this book with an open mind and a desire to learn, such challenges can be embraced as opportunities to expand their understanding.

In conclusion, "The Opera: A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With Full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory" by R. A. Streatfeild is a captivating and invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history, development, and repertoire of opera. Streatfeild's expertise, combined with his comprehensive approach, makes this book an indispensable companion for opera enthusiasts, music students, researchers, and anyone seeking a deeper appreciation of this magnificent art form.

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THE OPERA

A Sketch of the Development of Opera. With full Descriptions of all Works in the Modern Repertory.

BY R.A. STREATFEILD

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY J.A. FULLER MAITLAND

THIRD EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED

LONDON

GEORGE ROUTLEDGE & SONS, LIMITED

PHILADELPHIA: J.B. LIPPINCOTT CO.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

INTRODUCTION vii

I. THE BEGINNINGS OF OPERA 1

PERI MONTEVERDE CAVALLI CESTI CAMBERT LULLI PURCELL KEISER SCARLATTI HANDEL

II. THE REFORMS OF GLUCK 19

III. OPERA BUFFA, OPERA COMIQUE, AND SINGSPIEL 40

PERGOLESI ROUSSEAU MONSIGNY GRÉTRY CIMAROSA HILLER

IV. MOZART 52

V. THE CLOSE OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD 74

MÉHUL CHERUBINI SPONTINI BEETHOVEN BOIELDIEU

VI. WEBER AND THE ROMANTIC SCHOOL 87

WEBER SPOHR MARSCHNER KREUTZER LORTZING NICOLAI FLOTOW MENDELSSOHN SCHUBERT SCHUMANN

VII. ROSSINI, DONIZETTI, AND BELLINI 106

VIII. MEYERBEER AND FRENCH OPERA 126

HÉROLD MEYERBEER BERLIOZ HALÉVY AUBER

IX. WAGNER'S EARLY WORKS 151

X. WAGNER'S LATER WORKS 176

XL. MODERN FRANCE 214

GOUNOD THOMAS BIZET SAINT SAËNS REYER MASSENET BRUNEAU CHARPENTIER DEBUSSY

XII. MODERN ITALY 262

VERDI BOITO PONCHIELLI PUCCINI MASCAGNI LEONCAVALLO GIORDANO

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