Essays on Handel and Italian Opera

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Cambridge University Press, 30 ott 2008 - 316 pagine
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In this valuable collection of essays, published to coincide with the tercentenary of Handel's birth, Reinhard Strohm examines the relationship between Handel's great operas and the earlier European Baroque tradition, focusing on the Italian school, to which they are so crucially indebted. Handel's immediate heritage included the figures of Scarlatti, Gasparini and Vivaldi; this book establishes that context, concentrating on contemporary operatic practice, and proceeds to analyse three of Handel's best-known works. It shows how they elaborate and develop the style and method of the Italian operatic theatre, embracing previous traditions and synthesizing them with a new and exciting accentuation.
 

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Alessandro Scarlatti and the eighteenth century
15
Handel and his Italian opera texts
34
Francesco Gasparinis later operas and Handel
80
Operatic practice
93
An opera autograph of Francesco Gasparini?
106
Vivaldis career as an opera producer
122
Handels pasticci
164
Answers to the past
213
Metastasios Alessandro nell Indie and its earliest settings
232
Comic traditions in Handels Orlando
249
Notes
271
Bibliography
289
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