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A SECOND BOOK OF OPERAS THEIR HISTORIES, THEIR PLOTS, AND THEIR MUSIC BY HENRY EDWARD KREHBIEL GARDEN Crrr NEW YOKE GARDEN CITY PUBLISHING COMPANY 1926 OJJAUAllNE AS C 1 55AK BORIS, TO RICHARD ALDRICH ASTD FAITHFUL FRIBND, GBACIOUH COLLEAGUE, JKIKD HELPKR auf 3feifew, CONTENTS AND INDEX CHAPTER I BIBLICAL OPERAS England and the Lord Chamberlains censorship, 1 et eq.- Gounods Heine de Saba, 2 The transmigrations of Ua Ballo in Maschera, 2 How composers revamp their music, S et seq. Handel and Reiser, 4 Mozart and Bertati, 4 Bee thoveixs readaptations of his own works, 4 Rossini and hia Barber of Seville, 5 Verdis Nebuchadnezzar, 6 Rossinis Moses 7, 9, IS Samson et Dalila, 8, 12 Goldmarka Kdmgiu von Saba, 8 The Biblical operas of Rubinstein, 8, 11 MdhuTs Joseph, 9 Mendelssohns Elijah in dramatic form, Oratorios and Lenten operas in Italy, 9 Carissirni and Peri, 10 Scarlattis oratorios, 10 Scenery and costumes in. oratorios, 11 The passage of the Red Sea and Dal tuo stellato, 13 Nerves wrecked by beautiful music, 15 Peter the Her mit and refractory mimic troops, 15 Mi inanca la voce and operatic amenities, 16 Operatic prayers and ballets, 16 Goethes criticism of Rossinis Mose, 17. CHAPTEE II BIBLE STORIES IN OPERA AND ORATORIO Dr. Chrysanders theory of the undramatic nature of the Hebrew, his literature, and his life, 10 Hebrew history and Greek my thology, 21 Some parallels, 21 Old Testament subjects Adam and E e 2L Cain arid Abel, 22 The Kairi of Bulthaupt and d Albert, 23 Tote Augen, 25 Noah and the Deluge, 26 vii viu CONTENTS AND INDEX Abraham, 27 The Exodus, 27 MdlmTs Joseph, 27 Poti phara wife and Richard Strauss, 30 Rahnondis contrapuntal trilogy, 30 Nebuchadnezzar, JU Judas Maocabieus, 31 Jeph tiia and his Daughter, 32 Judith, 33 Esther, 33 Athalla, 33. CHAPTER III RUBINSTEIN ANO HIS GEISTLICIIK OPKR Anton - Rubinstein and his ideals, 34 An ambition to emulate Wagner, 85 u The Tower of Babel, 35,40, 41 The, composer theories and strivings, 3t et , w. Doan Stanley, JW Die Ma k kabiier, 89 Sulamith, 89 Christus, 40, 47, 48 Das verlorene Faradiea, 40, 41 M. oHeH, 40, 4 2 Action and fttage directions, 41 New Teatanietit. atones in opera, 4i The Prodi gal Son, 45 Legendary material and the atory of the Nativity, 4 1 Christ dramas, 4-7 J lebbel and Wagner, 48 u Parsifal, 4 CHAPTER IV SAMSON ET DALILA The predocessorfl of M. Saint-Sating, 61 Voltaire and Rameau, f l Duproas and Joachim Raff, 52, 5tt IHafcory of SaintrSan opera, 51 ct wq. Henri Kegnault, 54 Firat per ormatiwin, fi4 - Aa oratorio and opera in. New York, 56-An inquiry into the story of SiHnaou, 56 Samsoix and Haraklon, f 7 58 Tim H hrnw hero in legend, 59 A truo typo for tragedy, 61 Mythological interpretations, 01 Baint-Saenss opera dwcrihttd, 6Ii ft w. A, choral prologue, 64 Local color, 67, 78 The character of iJalila, 00 tf w Milton on her wifehood and patriotwm 9 70 Priu temps qui comiuence, 73 Mon coour souvre k ta voix, 76 Oriental ballet music, 78 The catastrophe, SO. OHAPTK1 V DIE KONIGIN VON SABA Meritoriousneas of the book of Goldxaarkfl opers 81 Its aUght with Biblical story, 82 Contents of the Aram 82 CONTENTS AND INDEX , ix t . Parallelism with Wagnera Tatmhauser, 85 First performance in New York, 85 Oriental luxury in scenic outfit, 86-Goldnaarks music, 87. CHAPTER VI H BODIADE Modern opera and ancient courtesans, 89 Transformed morals in Manne nets opera, 90 A sea-change in England, 91 Who and what was Salome 91 Plot of the opera, 92 - Scenic and musical adornments, 1 3 Performances in New York, 94 footnote. CHAPTER VII Story of the opera, 95 et seq. The Bell Song, 96 Some unnecessary English ladies, 97 First performance in New York, 98 American history of the opera, 99 Madame Patti, 100 Miss Van Zandt, 101 Madame Sembrich, 101 Madame Tet rasu im, 101 Criticism of the drama, 101 The music, 102...


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