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Operas First Master: Unlocking the Masters, No. 8 Mark Ringer

Operas First Master: Unlocking the Masters, No. 8

Mark Ringer

Published February 1st 2006
ISBN : 9781574671100
Paperback
344 pages
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 About the Book 

Unlocking the MastersClaudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first great opera composer and is often hailed as the creator of modern music. His genius was often likened to that of Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, but in many of the worlds opera houses hisMoreUnlocking the MastersClaudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first great opera composer and is often hailed as the creator of modern music. His genius was often likened to that of Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, but in many of the worlds opera houses his operas often receive an almost chilly respect, far removed from the nearly universal love aroused by those later masters. This book, the first laypersons guide to Monteverdi, seeks to stimulate appreciation for his operas by examining them not as musicological relics but as the vital theatrical experiences they are. Ringer places Monteverdis operatic works within the musical and theatrical framework of his era, offering a brief sketch of the composers early years and detailing the complex forces that led to the emergence of opera in late sixteenth-century Florence. Operas First Master enables opera lovers to see and hear Monteverdis masterpieces anew, while opening new channels of inquiry into how Monteverdean opera works in the theater.