Hardcover, 8vo., red cloth boards in dustjacket with some wear to top edge, notes, index, 340pp. " An erudite and provocative contribution to musicology, Viva la Liberta! will also be a stimulating reading for thos who believe that opera's vitality has been diminished by its traditional guardians.". Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Anthony Arblaster shows that attempts by many music critics to disregard or disparage opera’s politics are at best delusory, at worst a political ploy. Writing with passionate enthusiasm, both for opera and for th ideals of freedom it has so often represented, he uncovers the political dimensions of a vast range of works, from The Marriage of Figaro to Nixon in China. Beginning with an investigation of opera in revolutionary France, Anthony Arblaster goes on to analyse Mozart’s enigmatic politics, and to explore the work of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and, above all, Verdi, in the context of the Risorgimento. Further chapters examine Wagner’s early radicalism and notorious anti-semitism, nationalism in Russian, Czech and English opera, and the weaknesses of Puccini and Strauss. He also discusses the place of women in opera, and concludes with a fascinating survey of the treatment of everyday life in opera and musicals, from Dallapiccola to Sondheim.
About the Author: Anthony Arblaster is Reader in Politics at the University of Sheffield. His other books include Academic Freedom, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism and Democracy.
Title: Viva la Liberta!: Politics in Opera
Publisher: London, Verso, 1992.
Book Description Verso, 1992. hardback dust jacket. pp. 340. excellent copy (g1L5). Bookseller Inventory # 22592
Book Description Verso Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Book and wrapper in very good plus condition. Only fault very minimal foxing on block edges Wrapper has very minimal creasing to top and base spine. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16641449921
Book Description Verso, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # GRP90662564
Book Description New York, London, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. A octavo in a red DJ ; viii, 340 p ; 24 cm. Opera -- Political aspects -- Popular Culture. A fine clean copy ; in a near fine DJ First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # 30465
Book Description Verso London 1992, 1992. Fine 24.0 x 16.0cms, 340pp, Fine Hard Cover This book investigates opera in revolutionary France; Mozart's enigmatic politics; Rossini's, Bellini's, Donizetti's and Verdi's roles in the Risorgimento; Wagner's radicalism and anti-semitism; Russian, Czech and English nationalism; representations of women and of 'the everyday'. Bookseller Inventory # 010541
Book Description Verso, 1992. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # GRP12682579
Book Description Verso, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # GRP89546266
Book Description Verso, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. May contain minor cover/edge/spine/reading wear. May contain minimal notes and/or highlighting. Overall in great condition. Ships Fast! Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000471307
Book Description Verso Books, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0860913910
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