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Not without MadnessPerspectives on Opera$
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Fabrizio Della Seta

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226749143

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.001.0001

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Not without Madness

Fabrizio Della Seta

University of Chicago Press

This book presents chapters that explore the concept and history of opera. It discusses the identification of what generates the dramatic conflict, attempts at a taxonomic segmentation of dramatico-musical text, and identification of the function of a stylistic category such as exoticism or of a codified topos. The chapter also discusses Verdi and his contemporaries, and the history of Verdian criticism.

Keywords:   opera, dramatic conflict, dramatico-musical texts, verdi, verdian criticism

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