History Through the Opera Glass: From the Rise of Caesar to the Fall of Napoleon

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Pro/Am Music Resources, 1994 - Music - 405 pages
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(Limelight). This first-of-its-kind, highly entertaining, and carefully researched account reveals how nearly 200 operas by leading composers and librettists have portrayed the major events and personalities of more than 2000 years of history. In a continuous and absorbing narrative, the book sweeps from Roman times to 1820, with a cast of characters that includes Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Attila, Charlemagne, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, Napoleon and hundreds more. All are seen as the figures historians generally perceive them to have been and as their on-stage counterparts, created and re-imagined by some of opera's greatest artists.
 

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Contents

Legend into History and Opera
1
The Rome of Caesar
10
Photographs paintings engravings
14
Rome after Caesars Death
21
The Dark Centuries
30
Charlemagne
40
Emerging Nations Heroic Legends
49
The First Crusades
59
Tudor England
180
Photographs paintings engravings continued
181
Florence the Medici and the Birth of Opera
197
Russias Time of Troubles
204
The Thirty Years War
215
French Splendor and English Restoration
225
Peter the Great and the Great Northern War
233
Handels London Voltaires Paris
243

Thuringian Contests Sicilian Vespers
70
The Early Habsburgs Europe in Turbulence
83
Italy The Age of Dante and Petrarch
86
Crisis in the PapacyTurmoil in Spain Bohemia and Italy
99
The Saint Joan of Arc and the Sinner Bluebeard
108
A RussoTurkish Intermezzo
118
Conquerors and Explorers
126
Machiavellis Princes
139
The Reformation and Its Aftershocks
151
A Time for Massacres
165
Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa
255
Toward the Revolution
262
Catherine II and Other Greats
275
The French Revolution
285
Masked Balls and Mutinies
301
Napoleon
310
Epilogue
327
Historic Fragments from the Opera Glass Did You Know That
329
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