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ISBN: 0198162219
Author: Andrew Steptoe
Language: English
Publisher: Clarendon Press (November 8, 1990)
Pages: 304
Category: Music
Subcategory: Art
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Mozart-Da Ponte Operas book. This book is so much more than just a close analysis of the Mozart's three operas to libretti by Lorenzo DaPonte (Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan Tutte) : the author treats in comprehensive fashion the question of the nature of the society for which these operas were written; Mozart's lifestyle, aspirations, and intentions for these works; the sources of.

Home Browse Books Book details, The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas: The Cultural and. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas: The Cultural and Musical Background to Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte.

Mozart's collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte led to the composition of three of the greatest masterpieces in all opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte.

logistics of opera production at the time. Together, these strands provide illuminating insights into Mozart's creative process and the functions of eighteenth-century opera.

Clarendon Press, 1988 - 273 sayfa

Clarendon Press, 1988 - 273 sayfa. Mozart's collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte led to the composition of three of the greatest masterpieces in all opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. The aim of this book is to guide the reader to deeper understanding and enjoyment of these enigmaticworks, not so much through detailed musical analysis as through setting the scene for their composition.

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Le nozze di Figaro (1786) was Mozart's first mature opera buffa. It was also the first of his three major collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Unlike Don Giovanni (1787) and Così fan tutte (1790).

The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas: The Cultural and Musical Background to Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Steptoe, Andrew (1996). Mozart: Everyman - EMI Music Companion.

Mozart's collaborations with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte led to the composition of three of the great masterpieces of opera. This book, designed to guide the reader to a deeper understanding and appreciation of these enigmatic works, charts the musical, cultural, and social context in which they were written--the tastes and expectations of the contemporary opera audience, Mozart's intentions and aspirations in a period of rapid intellectual and political change, Da Ponte's views of opera, and the practical logistics of opera production at the time. Together, these strands provide illuminating insights into Mozart's creative process and the functions of eighteenth-century opera.

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Nuadabandis
I echo the 5 star review already given to this book. I learned much about why Mozart wrote what he did; the musical,social and economic pressures that shaped his output, and the personal and social context in which he lived.

The 3 final chapters given to each one of the operas contains the clearest explanation of how tonality was used in these works that I have ever read. A small amount of music theory was enough for me to understand what was being explained. These chapters are the only part of the book that demand any technical musical knowledge, the rest is perfectly suited to musicians and non-musicians alike.

Extremely well written, this book carries its scholarship lightly, and was a real pleasure to read. I will be referring to this book in the course of my future listening.
Mora
Any complete study of the life and works of Mozart would take thousands of pages and hundreds of recordings just to crack the surface of this subject. Even merely the operas of Mozart cannot be adequately handled in a single volume (let alone the number of recordings involved). So on a much more modest scale, we have Andrew Steptoe's "The Mozart-Da Ponte Operas" from the Clarendon Paperbacks division of Oxford University Press (1988, reprinted 2001).
For those wondering about that title, Lorenzo Da Ponte was the fascinating character who wrote the libretti to three of Mozart's greatest operas. In fact, the subtitle of this book is "The Cultural and Musical Background to 'Le Nozze di Figaro,' 'Don Giovanni,' and 'Cosi fan tutte,' but the book does not even get to those works until page 98. Roughly the first third of the book gives us an excellently organized and clear background to the works and the chapter titles will tell you exactly what I mean: "The Social Context: Vienna and Her Ruler," "Musicians, Audience, and Opera in Mozart's Time," "Mozart and Vienna," and "Mozart and His Personal Circle." The next chapter deals with Da Ponte and the opera buffa tradition, and we finally have what we need to understand more fully what Mozart's audiences saw in these works that are all but lost to us.
The sixth chapter talks about "Cosi fan tutte" and how it reflected the moral climate of the day, while the next one discusses how Mozart treated the buffa plot from the musical standpoint. The remaining three chapters handle each of the Mozart-Da Ponte collaborations, and there are detailed synopses of the works in the appendix.
Although I have read most of this material before, I have never seen it put in so well-organized a fashion; and my next move is to reread it, putting margin notes in along the way. I plan to make much use of this book in my opera seminars, and the general reader (who will need some rudimentary knowledge of music to understand at least parts of this book) will find in it many a key to a deeper understanding of these three masterworks.

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