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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    On the other hand, Abbate and Parker do engage in some weird opinions at times. I don't own this book but I've discussed some parts of it with one of the Opera Lively members by PM and I can't say I agree with some of the stuff they say. I wouldn't remember the specifics right now but I seem to remember that there is a general sense of what I would call "musicologist elitism" that rubbed me the wrong way. What would you say to that, Nat?
    I'm on chapter 4 and haven't noticed that at all so far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'm on chapter 4 and haven't noticed that at all so far...
    Well of course not, since you yourself are one of the musicologically elite!

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    I've read it and enjoyed it. I think one of the critics' complaints is that they rather dismiss the whole of contemporary opera.

    I, of course, didn't much notice...

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    A really good book is the one written by Joseph Volpe about his time as GM of the Met!

    http://www.amazon.com/Toughest-Show-...s=joseph+volpe


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    On the other hand, Abbate and Parker do engage in some weird opinions at times. I don't own this book but I've discussed some parts of it with one of the Opera Lively members by PM and I can't say I agree with some of the stuff they say. I wouldn't remember the specifics right now but I seem to remember that there is a general sense of what I would call "musicologist elitism" that rubbed me the wrong way. What would you say to that, Nat?
    It's been a long time since I finished it but I did not feel that way either. I think the book is very readily accessible. It doesn't require any previous knowledge of music theory to be understood and familiarity with all the many works cited, while certainly an advantage, isn't crucial to follow their text.

    I'm curious to know what are the points you disagree with, though.

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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Festat's Avatar
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    This is very nice, but very abstract. It isn't properly about opera, but rather a reconception of sound and music, as an event more so than an object, through a handful of contemporary classical vocal pieces that to a greater or lesser extent do not conform to our naturalised notion of music and sound. I work capturing sound for cinema, which naturally makes me very attracted to and concerned about the voice since 90% of the work is listening to and recording voices, and the book as a whole was very revealing to me. Some of it also enlightens my academic research about the connections of opera and melodrama as an audiovisual genre, which are apparently opposites — melodrama is the failure of the voice when confronted with emotions while opera is its triumph — but conjoin in the sense that both, in their climaxes, are the dissolution of speech.

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    Interesting review of a biography of Ryan Speedo Green

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/enter...b5d_story.html

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    Has anyone read this? Interesting book on the man and gives an insight into some of the musical politics at La Scala and record labels post war as well.Name:  41b0Bjp-TlL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    Has anyone read this? Interesting book on the man and gives an insight into some of the musical politics at La Scala and record labels post war as well.Name:  41b0Bjp-TlL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
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    No! Thanks James, it looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    No! Thanks James, it looks interesting.
    He was an ardent anti fascist as well, who was in hiding during the latter years of the war.

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    Oh I don't know about this...

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