The Standard-Operaglass: Containing the Detailed Plots of One Hundred Celebrated Operas, With Critical and Biographical Rema by Charles AnnesleyThe Standard-Operaglass: Containing the Detailed Plots of One Hundred Celebrated Operas, With Critical and Biographical Rema by Charles Annesley

The Standard-Operaglass: Containing the Detailed Plots of One Hundred Celebrated Operas, With…

byCharles Annesley

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Then, to continue our meandering through the few examples of the initial letter of the al phabet, we have l'africaine. Thanks to some who still discern in Meyerbeer vestiges of a striking manner, if not a wealth of thematic matter, this greatest of his works - I say great est quite in variance to popular critical opin ion - is not fallen into the dust-bin of opera land. Oddly enough, the index gives us Aida as its companion. This jostling of titles has a pretty significance. With a genius more alert, vivid, and vigorous, Verdi nevertheless had l'africaine in his mind's eye when he penned Aida. With the same complexion, two works could not be more remotely sun dered, but there is a general resemblance. Both are tropical themes, tropically treated. Almost symphonic in outline is Meyerbeer's effort; tor rentially dramatic is Verdi's handling. Both men are master colorists.

Shall I dwell upon Flotow's Stradella when Stradella's original air, Pity, O Saviour, is still sung And where hath vanished Flotow's music - all except delightful Martha Ar mida brings us back to Gluck, the father of the modern music drama; The Armorer, by Lortzing, suggests that this neglected composer is now winning his just dues in Germany. What memories are evoked by Auber's Ballo in Maschera, which, as the editor reminds us.

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Title:The Standard-Operaglass: Containing the Detailed Plots of One Hundred Celebrated Operas, With…Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:October 31, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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