German Opera: From the Beginnings to Wagner (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

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German opera from its primitive origins up to Wagner is the subject of this wide-ranging history, the only one of its kind in any language. It traces the growth of the humble Singspiel into a vehicle for the genius of Mozart and Beethoven, together with the persistent attempts at German Grand Opera. The many operas studied are placed in their historical, social and theatrical context, and attention is paid to the literary, artistic and philosophical ideas that made them part of the country's intellectual history.

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John Warrack has been the Music Critic of The Sunday Telegraph and Lecturer in Music at the University of Oxford.

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"Valuable, one might even say definitive..." The Opera Quarterly

"A book like this has long been needed and will surely find many grateful readers...Warrack's study will be valuable as a starting point for exploring German opera of past centuries." CHOICE Jan 2002

"The present volume defies skimming. Warrack simply will not let your attention wander when even, or especially, his least eloquent dramatis personae soliloquize under the spotlight. If this book were a piece of music, its composer would be none of those whom it actually treats, but rather, Richard Strauss: whose intellect Warrack's own resembles, in its darting curiosity, contrapuntal elaboration, and urbanity tinged with mischief. Warrack's is, in short, a thoroughly aristocratic mind." The New Criterion

"...this is a very useful work, carefully researched and quite readable. There is probably no more thorough work on the subject in English." Sixteenth Century Journal

"Cambridge University Press has done opera scholars and lovers an estimable service in publishing this volume. No one could be better qualified to lead us through the labyrinth of the history of german opera than John Warrack....Is is impossible to list all the merits of Warrack's study; suffice it to reiterate that no one could be more qualified to undertake such a project, and the results in terms of flow and synthesis could have been achieved only by someone who has devoted several decades to pursuing study of the topic." The Opera Quarterly

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