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Silence and selfhood

by Michael Evenden | 01 April 1999
Hardback
Category: Performing Arts
Synopsis
Mozart's Magic Flute, a rich but problematic work, is complicated by discontinuities of plot, tone, and theme that disturb its surface appearance as a serene synthesis of Enlightenment ideals. This study, an essay in a dramaturgical opera criticism, explores how this eccentric masterpiece, haunted by the decline of the progressive reforms of Joseph II, uses the images of the marginalized popular theater of suburban Vienna to express a fundamental anxiety of its time (and, by inheritance, ours): the clash of a pre-capitalist, pre-industrial social morality with a modern ethic of rationalized self-interest. This anxiety divides The Magic Flute, the Viennese social imagination, and the entire Mozart opera canon between the fascination of the newly emergent self and a compensatory desire for an idealized, spontaneous, but almost unrepresentable social order.
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Synopsis
Mozart's Magic Flute, a rich but problematic work, is complicated by discontinuities of plot, tone, and theme that disturb its surface appearance as a serene synthesis of Enlightenment ideals. This study, an essay in a dramaturgical opera criticism, explores how this eccentric masterpiece, haunted by the decline of the progressive reforms of Joseph II, uses the images of the marginalized popular theater of suburban Vienna to express a fundamental anxiety of its time (and, by inheritance, ours): the clash of a pre-capitalist, pre-industrial social morality with a modern ethic of rationalized self-interest. This anxiety divides The Magic Flute, the Viennese social imagination, and the entire Mozart opera canon between the fascination of the newly emergent self and a compensatory desire for an idealized, spontaneous, but almost unrepresentable social order.
€53.20
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Currently out of stock
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Eligible for free delivery

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Product Details

ISBN - 9780820419503
Format - Hardback
Publisher -
Published - 01/04/1999
Categories - All, Books, Entertainment and Music, Entertainment Books, Performing Arts
No. of Pages - 288
Weight - 530
Edition -
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 24
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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