Opera and the Morbidity of Music

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New York Review of Books, 2008 - 373 páginas
Is classical music dying, or does the recent upsurge of interest in opera-writing new ones, performing long-forgotten old ones-prove that the death of classical music is highly exaggerated? In this collection of essays and reviews from the past thirty years, most of them first published in "The New York Review of Books," the distinguished critic and musicologist Joseph Kerman examines the ongoing vitality of the classical music tradition, from the days of John Taverner and William Byrd to recent contemporary operas by composers such as Philip Glass and John Adams. There are a variety of essays on Mozart: on "The Magic Flute," on different performances of the piano concertos, on some of the recent biographies. He discusses the lives of Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, and Verdi, as well as the nuances in performances of operas by Monteverdi in Brooklyn and Wagner in San Francisco and Bayreuth. He also includes remembrances of such famous musicians as Maria Callas and Carlos Kleiber that make clear why they were such extraordinary artists. Kerman argues that rumors of the impending death of classical music are not a new development but a story that has long been with us, and while he is alert to historical changes in listening, he suggests that one place to look for renewal of the classical music tradition today is at the opera-in a flood of new works and rediscovered works from the past-and an expanded interest in innovative stagings by companies large and small across America. As a critic, Kerman writes that he tries to do "what critics of painting, dance, poetry, and prose have always done . . . not to duplicate or describe immediate experience, but to cozy up to it, suggest it, create an aura about it that heightens sensitivity and feeling." Written for a general audience rather than for experts, these essays invite readers to expand their appreciation of how music works.
 

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Opera and the Morbidity of Music, although immensely interesting, was a bit of a letdown insofar as I felt as though it was badly mistitled. Opera, a subject on which Joseph Kerman is incredibly well ... Leer comentario completo

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Opera and The Morbidity of Music is a collection of essays written by musicologist and critic Joseph Kerman over a period of about thirty years, mostly for the New York Review of Books. They vary ... Leer comentario completo

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Opera and the Morbidity of Music
2
Two Cheers for Rach 3
23
Labyrinth Music
27
William Byrd and the Catholics
41
The Operas of Monteverdi
57
A Short Life
77
A Guide to The WellTempered Clavier
79
Wilfrid Mellers on Bach
87
Works and Life
161
Beethoven Hero
173
Beethovens Concertos
185
Three Riffs on the Ninth
201
The Romantic Generation
205
Schuberts Songs
221
A Life
231
Reading Opera
243

Four Biographies
99
Mozarts Last Year
115
The Piano Concertos
123
The Magic Flute
137
Sonata Forms
151
A Life 255 23 Verdi A Life 24 Verdi The Late Operas
267
Wagner and Wagnerism
281
A Ring for San Francisco
307
Bayreuth 2001
319
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Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

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