Opera and its Symbols: The Unity of Words, Music and Staging

By: Donington, Dr. Robert

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Very Good/Very Good Condition hardcover with dustjacket book copy titled Opera and Its Symbols: The Unity of Words, Music and Staging by Robert Donington. Selected as a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review 1991. CONDITION NOTES: Gift inscription showing on first (half title) page otherwise pages clean, unmarked. Tight solid binding. Very minor visible storage/shelfwear. Dustjacket shows only very minor wear, no tears or nicks. From the publisher: Donington interprets scenes and characters from operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Puccini, Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky, Berg, Britten, Tippett, and other composers. Time and again Donington sheds new light on operatic situations that are problematic or have become over familiar. His lively and wide-ranging work reveals a deep knowledge and love of opera, combined with a rare insight into hidden meanings to be found in music, words, and action. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990. Third printing. viii, 248 pages. Illustrations. 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches, 24 cm. Retail price 40.00. This hardcover edition currently out of print.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!


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The author is a noted musicologist, performer, and writer, known for his book Wagner's Ring and Its Symbols, and for his reference work The Interpretation of Early Music. In this book, he discusses the workings of symbolism in opera and the importance of staging an opera in keeping with the composer's intentions. Only in this way, claims the author, can we be faithful to the conscious or unconscious symbolism invested in the work by the composer and librettist.

Title: Opera and its Symbols: The Unity of Words, Music and Staging

Author/Composer: Donington, Dr. Robert

Categories: Music Topics,

Publisher: Yale University Press: 1990-12-26

ISBN Number: 0300047134

ISBN Number 13: 9780300047134

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good.

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 010985

Keywords: Nonfiction Books, Opera, Symbolism in Music, Robert Donington, Yale University Press Books, Opera Staging, 0300047134, 9780300047134,