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By Mervyn Cooke

This spouse celebrates the intense riches of the twentieth-century operatic repertoire in a suite of in particular commissioned essays written by means of a extraordinary crew of lecturers, critics and practitioners. starting with a dialogue of the century's very important inheritance from late-romantic operatic traditions in Germany and Italy, the textual content embraces clean investigations into numerous elements of the style within the smooth age, with a entire insurance of the paintings of person composers from Debussy and Schoenberg to John Adams and Harrison Birtwistle. conventional stylistic categorizations (including symbolism, expressionism, neo-classicism and minimalism) are reassessed from new serious views, and the unique operatic traditions of Continental and japanese Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union, the uk and usa are subjected to clean scrutiny. the amount comprises essays dedicated to avant-garde track theatre, operettas and musicals, filmed opera, and ends with a dialogue of the location of the style in modern day cultural marketplace.

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