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Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Author: Joseph Kerman
ISBN 13: 9780520246928
ISBN 10: 520246926
Edition: Fiftieth Anniversary
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2005-12-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 249
List Price: $34.95


"If you are for opera, this book is for you."—New York Times Book Review

"The most influential recent book on opera criticism. . .in the English-speaking world"—New Grove Dictionary of Opera

"Affords the serious reader and listener an absorbing encounter with a sensitive and superbly trained intelligence in the act of thinking about music and music criticism. . .. We come away remembering the sound of Kerman's prose voice, mellifluous, elegant, eminently civilized, beneath its cool control a ground bass of urgent feeling."—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"The author's clarity and pungency...make for enjoyable, challenging reading. It is a collection that can tease the person who is primarily interested in opera into wanting to explore the song literature of the English Renaissance or to listen more knowledgeably to Mozart's piano concertos and Beethoven's symphonies."—William Ashbrook, Opera Quarterly

"Kerman's musicological activity is technical without neglecting the importance of text, cultural context, meaning, expression, and value, and is likely to appeal to educated lay people.... Kerman's scholarship is careful and sensitive, and often subtle and witty. Yet this subtle scholarship has evoked strong and widespread reaction and provided significant leadership within musicology and beyond."—Renée Cox Lorraine, Notes

"Lucid, lively.... Many aspects of his work can provide inspiration."—Oliver Neighbour, Music and Letters

Library Journal

By and large, the new edition of Opera as Drama retains the spirit and format of the original ( LJ 11/1/56). However, in an effort to generalize the methodology used throughout the work, Kerman has added an interesting section outlining a viable method of opera criticism. In addition, he has modified the chapter devoted to Mozart to include a penetrating discussion of Idomeneo. The thoughtful withdrawal of somewhat callow remarks on various composers, operas, etc., will also be regarded as a welcome revision by many readers. Alterations notwithstanding, Kerman's study remains one of the most captivating books on opera to date. Highly recommended. William J. Waters, Pensacola Junior Coll., Fla.