Unsung Voices: Opera and Musical Narrative in the Nineteenth Century
ISBN 10: 0691091404 / 0-691-09140-4
ISBN 13: 9780691091402
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1991
Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerers Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music. The nineteenth-century metaphor of music that "sings" is thus reanimated in a new context, and Abbate proposes interpretive strategies that "de-center" music criticism, that seek the polyphony and dialogism of music, and that celebrate musical gestures often marginalized by conventional music analysis.
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