Valuing Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera Fantasias for Woodwind Instruments
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Valuing Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera Fantasias for Woodwind Instruments

Trash Music

Rachel N. Becker

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eBook - ePub

Valuing Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera Fantasias for Woodwind Instruments

Trash Music

Rachel N. Becker

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This book approaches opera fantasias – instrumental works that use themes from a single opera as the body of their virtuosic and flamboyant material – both historically and theoretically, concentrating on compositions for and by woodwind-instrument performers in Italy in the nineteenth century.

Important overlapping strands include the concept of virtuosity and its gradual demonization, the strong gendered overtones of individual woodwind instruments and of virtuosity, the distinct Italian context of these fantasias, the presentation and alteration of opera narratives in opera fantasias, and the technical and social development of woodwind instruments. Like opera itself, the opera fantasia is a popular art form, stylistically predictable yet formally flexible, based heavily on past operatic tradition and prefabricated materials. Through archival research in Italy, theoretical analysis, and exploration of European cultural contexts, this book clarifies a genre that has been consciously stifled and societal resonances that still impact music reception and performance today.

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Publisher
Routledge
Year
2024
ISBN
9781003854562

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-Title
  3. Series
  4. Title
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. List of acronyms and abbreviations
  9. Introduction
  10. 1 The opera fantasia in musicological context
  11. 2 The Italian context
  12. 3 Genre theory and the opera fantasia
  13. 4 Gender implications of the opera fantasia
  14. 5 A return to musical narrative through the opera fantasia
  15. 6 Opera fantasias on Verdi’s Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and Un ballo in maschera
  16. 7 Conclusion
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index