Opera as art : philosophical sketches /

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Thom, Paul,


Lexington Books,, Lanham, United States, p.ix, 207 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01046145, (OCoLC)fst01909979, fast, Opera., Operas, Philosophy and aesthetics.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Speech, Harmony, Rhythm -- Representing the Marvellous -- A Gallery of Affects -- A World of Terror and Laughter -- The Power of the Crescendo -- The Aesthetic Attitude -- Sublime Diversions -- A Grand Comic Opera -- Shock and Sentiment -- The Limits of Expressibility -- The Limits of Tonality -- The Uncanny."Paul Thom argues that opera is a set of practices framed by the concepts of work, interpretation, performance, and art. His argument is that operatic works have the potential to be art, but so do operatic productions, independently of their value as interpretations of the works they stage"--