Morality And Viennese Opera In The Age Of Mozart And Beethoven by Martin NedbalMorality And Viennese Opera In The Age Of Mozart And Beethoven by Martin Nedbal

Morality And Viennese Opera In The Age Of Mozart And Beethoven

byMartin Nedbal

Hardcover | September 28, 2016

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This book explores how the Enlightenment aesthetics of theater as a moral institution influenced cultural politics and operatic developments in Vienna between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Moralistic viewpoints were particularly important in eighteenth-century debates about German national theater. In Vienna, the idea that vernacular theater should cultivate the moral sensibilities of its German-speaking audiences became prominent during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, when advocates of German plays and operas attempted to deflect the imperial government from supporting exclusively French and Italian theatrical performances. Morality continued to be a dominant aspect of Viennese operatic culture in the following decades, as critics, state officials, librettists, and composers (including Gluck, Mozart, and Beethoven) attempted to establish and define German national opera. Viennese concepts of operatic didacticism and national identity in theater further transformed in response to the crisis of Emperor Joseph II's reform movement, the revolutionary ideas spreading from France, and the war efforts in facing Napoleonic aggression. The imperial government promoted good morals in theatrical performances through the institution of theater censorship, and German-opera authors cultivated intensely didactic works (such asDie Zauberfl'teandFidelio) that eventually became the cornerstones for later developments of German culture.

Martin Nedbal is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of  Kansas. He has published numerous articles on Central European opera, particularly the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana, and Dvo'' His research has been supported by grants from the American Musicological Society and the Austrian Scholarship Foundation.
Title:Morality And Viennese Opera In The Age Of Mozart And BeethovenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Music Examples List of Tables Preface Introduction. Opera and Didacticism in Early-Modern German Culture Chapter 1. Cultivating the Court and the Nation in Gluck'sLa rencontre impr'eChapter 2.Die Entf'hrung aus dem Serailand the Didactic Aesthetics of the National Singspiel Chapter 3. Morality and Germanness inDie Zauberfl'teChapter 4.Die Zauberfl'teand Subversive Morality in Suburban Operas Chapter 5.The Politics of Morality at the Court Theater in the Late 1790s Chapter 6. How German isFidelio? Didacticism in Beethovenian Operas Epilogue Bibliography