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A Guide to the Operas, Vol. 13 free pdf Excerpt from A Guide to the Operas, Vol. 13: Symphonic Poems- Overtures Incidental Music and Songs The aim of this book is to give a complete list of the musical compositions, operatic and orchestral, that are based upon the different plays of Shakespeare. To some of these works short notes are appended. I hope the book will be of especial value to librarians, music clubs and teachers. That the book may be of the most practical use, I have adopted the following plan: Works of prime importance are marked thus**. Works of secondary importance are marked thus*. If there are several compositions based on one play, I place them in the order in which they should be acquired. A certain proportion of compositions named have no sign attached. These are the works which have not stood the test of time. I should also state that a number of Shakespeare's plays have never been set to music, speaking in an orchestral and operatic sense. Many people have doubtless wondered that the great composers have not written more music based on Shakespeare's plays. This may be attributed to two causes: In the first place, the attempt to heighten the effect of Shakespeare's plays by presenting them in an operatic or orchestral form is a task that would daunt any man not profoundly conscious of his ability, or possessed of a highly favorable opinion of his own talents. Secondly, some of the great classic composers left the operatic field untouched- others selected their subjects from such sources as the Greek tragedies (Gluck), Legends (Mozart), Folk Lore (Weber), Mythology (Wagner)- and in fact, with the exception of Mendelssohn and Berlioz, we must look for the musicians who were at their prime during the last half century to find our musical settings of Shakespeare. Regarding the purchasing of these compositions, I would say that two-, and sometimes four-hand pianoforte arrangements of most of the leading orchestral works can be had, while the leading operatic works will be found in vocal score with frequently an English version under the original text of the opera. There are several books published giving the traditional airs to Shakespeare's songs. I omit mention of those airs, but after each play will be found a list of mostly modern settings of the Bard's lyrics. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Theodore J Irwin
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330157001
EAN : 9781330157008
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 22 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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