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Author Nedbal, Martin, author.

Title Morality and Viennese opera in the age of Mozart and Beethoven / Martin Nedbal
Published London : Routledge, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 243 pages) : music
Series Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera
Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera.
Contents Cultivating the court and the nation in Gluck's La rencontre imprévue -- Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the didactic aesthetics of the national Singspiel -- Morality and Germanness in Die Zauberflöte -- Die Zauberflöte and subversive morality in suburban operas -- The politics of morality at the court theater in the late 1790s -- How German is Fidelio? Didacticism in Beethovenian operas
Summary 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 as Die Zauberflte and Fidelio) that eventually became the cornerstones for later developments of German culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes 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 Dvořk̀. His research has been supported by grants from the American Musicological Society and the Austrian Scholarship Foundation
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Subject Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787. Rencontre imprévue.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Entführung aus dem Serail.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Zauberflöte.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Fidelio (1814)
SUBJECT Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) fast (OCoLC)fst01359005
Fidelio (Beethoven, Ludwig van) fast (OCoLC)fst01357841
Rencontre imprévue (Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von) fast (OCoLC)fst01384036
Zauberflöte (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus) fast (OCoLC)fst01356318
Subject Opera -- Austria -- Vienna -- 18th century
Opera -- Austria -- Vienna -- 19th century
Opera -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Austria -- Vienna -- 18th century
Opera -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Austria -- Vienna -- 19th century
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
MUSIC -- General.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Opera.
Austria -- Vienna.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317094098