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Title Singing in signs : new semiotic explorations of opera / edited by Gregory J. Decker and Matthew R. Shaftel
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 369 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents Introduction / Gregory J. Decker & Matthew R. Shaftel -- Part I: Musical constructions and interpretation. Twelve-tone serial techniques in Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero as a reaction to fascist ideology / Jamuna Samuel ; Science, spirit, sound, and sign : Anthroposophy and Viktor Ullmann's Der Sturz des Antichrist / Rachel Bergman ; Motives and motivations : Linkage technique in Britten's operas and other vocal works / Michael Baker ; Sowing the seeds of loss : Permanent interruption in Verdi's Otello / Edward Latham -- Part II: Cultural and conventional signs. Dance music and signification in Handel's opera seria / Gregory J. Decker ; The romanesca as a spiritual sign in the operas of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven / Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska ; Verdi's dramatic use of tonality, topics, and recurring themes : Two analyses / David Easley -- Part III: (Dis)Continuity and narrative. Unity and discontinuity in the Act 2 Finale of Le nozze di Figaro / Matthew R. Shaftel ; Stormy weather : Issues of form, deformation, and continuity in operatic storm scenes / Deborah Burton ; Song and sign : Poetic-musical strategies in Wagner and Strauss / Arnold Whittall ; Postmodern Opera 101: Irony, nostalgia, and bifurcated narratives / Juan Chattah ; John Adams's The death of Klinghoffer : Straddling the fence between myth and realism / Yayoi Uno Everett
Summary Singing in Signs: New Semiotic Explorations of Opera offers a bold and refreshing assessment of the state of opera study that engages composer-constructed and work-specific music-semiotic systems, broader socio-cultural music codes, and narrative strategies, with implications for performance and staging practices today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed on July 21, 2020)
Subject Opera.
Form Electronic book
Author Decker, Gregory J. (Gregory John), editor.
Shaftel, Matthew R., editor.
ISBN 0190620633