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Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe
  

Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ther, Philipp
Translated by Hughes-Kreutzmuller, Charlotte

Grand palaces of culture, opera theaters marked the center of European cities like the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. As opera cast its spell, almost every European city and society aspired to have its own opera house, and dozens of new theaters were constructed in the course of ...the long nineteenth century. At the time of the French Revolution in 1789, only a few, mostly royal, opera theaters, existed in Europe. However, by the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries nearly every large town possessed a theater in which operas were performed, especially in Central Europe, the region upon which this book concentrates. This volume, a revised and extended version of two well-reviewed books published in German and Czech, explores the social and political background to this opera mania in nineteenth century Central Europe. After tracing the major trends in the opera history of the period, including the emergence of national genres of opera and its various social functions and cultural meanings, the author contrasts the histories of the major houses in Dresden (a court theater), Lemberg (a theater built and sponsored by aristocrats), and Prague (a civic institution). Beyond the operatic institutions and their key stage productions, composers such as Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Bedrich Smetana, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Antonin Dvorak, and Richard Strauss are put in their social and political contexts. The concluding chapter, bringing together the different leitmotifs of social and cultural history explored in the rest of the book, explains the specificities of opera life in Central Europe within a wider European and global framework.
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ISBN 9781557536754
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series Central European Studies
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ISBN-13 9781557536754
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint Purdue University Press
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ther, Philipp
Translated by Hughes-Kreutzmuller, Charlotte
Series Central European Studies
Category Opera
Theory Of Music & Musicology
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 340
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 782.10943
Weight 340g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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