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Author Calico, Joy Haslam, 1965-
Title Brecht at the opera / Joy H. Calico.
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
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 Music & Media - Stacks  ML423.B7 C35 2008    IN LIBRARY
Description xvi, 282 p. : music ; 24 cm.
Series California studies in 20th-century music ; 9
California studies in 20th-century music ; 9.
Note "An Ahmanson Foundation book in the humanities"--Jacket flap.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-262) and index.
Contents Lehrst├╝ck, opera, and the new audience contract of the epic theater -- The operatic roots of gestus in 'The mother' and 'Round heads and pointed heads' -- Fragments of opera in American exile -- 'Lucullus' : opera and national identity -- Brecht's legacy for opera : estrangement and the canon.
Summary "Brecht at the Opera takes a systematic look at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society, even as he continued to work on opera projects throughout his career. In this book, Joy H. Calico argues that Brecht's simultaneous work on opera and Lehrstucke in the 1920s generated a new concept of audience experience that would come to define epic theater, and that his revisions to the theory of Gestus in the mid-1930s are reminiscent of nineteenth-century opera performance practices of mimesis. Calico further considers Brecht's concept of estrangement as the dominant aesthetic in today's Regieoper, or radical productions of canonical operas. This highly original study demonstrates the myriad ways in which opera shaped Brecht's most influential theories about theater and the works he created for the stage."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 -- Knowledge -- Music.
ISBN 0520254821 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520254824 (cloth : alk. paper)
OCLC number 180575591