Viva la Liberta!: Politics in Opera

ARBLASTER, Anthony

Published by London, Verso, 1992.
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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 #

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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.

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Title: Viva la Liberta!: Politics in Opera
Publisher: London, Verso, 1992.



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