The Puccini Problem
Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity
By (author) Alexandra Wilson
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Puccini Problem by Alexandra Wilson
Book DescriptionA detailed investigation of the reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's music, this book offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. Wilson's study explores the ways in which Puccini's music and persona were held up as both the antidote to and the embodiment of the decadence widely felt to be afflicting late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italy, a nation which although politically unified remained culturally divided. The book focuses upon two central, related questions that were debated throughout Puccini's career: his status as a national or international composer, and his status as a traditionalist or modernist. In addition, Wilson examines how Puccini's operas became caught up in a wide range of extra-musical controversies concerning such issues as gender and class. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of both the history of opera and of the wider artistic and intellectual life of turn-of-the-century Italy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521856881
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Opera is often dismissed as outdated and excessive, and perceived to be characterised by excessive passions, sumptuous costumes, and ill-mannered divas. Revealing the diverse reasons behind opera's lasting appeal, this title introduces the agendas that have governed its composition, production and reception over the last four centuries.
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A study of the reception and contexts of Puccini's music.
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Author Biography - Alexandra Wilson
Alexandra Wilson is Lecturer in Musicology at Oxford Brookes University.
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