Brecht at the Opera by Joy H. Calico
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Brecht at the Opera
By Joy H. Calico

Brecht at the Opera

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Brecht at the Opera by Joy H. Calico

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"Brecht at the Opera" looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society even as he continued to work on opera projects throughout his career. He completed three operas and attempted two dozen more with composers such as Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau. Joy H. Calico argues that Brecht's simultaneous work on opera and Lehrstuck in the 1920s generated the new concept of audience experience that would come to define epic theater, and that his revisions to the theory of Gestus in the mid-1930s are reminiscent of nineteenth-century opera performance practices of mimesis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520254824
ISBN-10: 0520254821
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joy H. Calico

Joy H. Calico is Associate Professor of Musicology in the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

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