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The Complete Opera Book

The Stories of the Operas, together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation

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Author: Gustav Kobbé
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 250,191 / 814 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39
Downloads: 1,442
Added to site: 2015.05.08
mnybks.net#: 32039
Genre: Music
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t's "Carmen" is unique, and Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande" a wholly separate manifestation of French art for the lyric stage.

The German school of opera is distinguished by a seriousness of purpose that discards all effort at vocal display for itself alone, and strives, in a score, well-balanced as between voice and orchestra, to express more forcibly than could the spoken work, the drama that has been set to music.

An opera house like the Metropolitan, which practically has three companies, presents Italian, French, and German operas in the language in which they were written, or at least usually does so. Any speaker before an English-speaking audience can always elicit prolonged applause by maintaining that in English-speaking countries opera should be sung in English. But, in point of fact, and even disregarding the atrocities that masquerade as translations of opera into English, opera should be sung in the language in which it is written. For language unconsciously affects, I might even s

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