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Author Van, Gilles de.

Title Verdi's theater : creating drama through music / Gilles de Van ; translated from the French by Gilda Roberts.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.1092 VERD/VAN    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Verdi, un théâtre en musique. English
Physical description ix, 424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-409) and indexes.
Summary Gilles de Van focuses on an often neglected aspect of Verdi's operas: their effectiveness as theater. De Van argues that two main aesthetic conceptions underlie all of Verdi's works: that of the "melodrama" and the "musical drama." In the melodrama the composer relies mainly on dramatic intensity and the rhythm linking various stages of the plot, using exemplary characters and situations. But in the musical drama reality begins to blur, the musical forms lose their excessively neat patterns, and doubt and ambiguity undermine characters and situations, reflecting the crisis of character typical of modernity. Indeed, much of the interest and originality of Verdi's operas lie in his adherence to both these contradictory systems, allowing the composer/dramatist to be simultaneously classical and modern, traditionalist and innovator.
Subject Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Operas.
Opera -- Dramaturgy.
ISBN 0226143694 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226143708 (paper : alk. paper)