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Journal of Musicology (2020) 37 (3): 383–414.
Published: 10 July 2020
...Monica A. Hershberger In 1945 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein began working on The Mother of Us All , their second and final opera. If the pair’s chosen subject matter—the life and work of Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)—was radical in and of itself, so too was the librettist’s approach to it. As...
The Journal of Musicology (2019) 36 (1): 1–38.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Carlo Lanfossi Baroque opera was invented on a deathly premise: reviving a tradition of sung ancient tragedy that had in fact never existed. Modern historiography has struggled with the notion of origins, focusing on relationships among the surviving textual sources to make sense of the...
The Journal of Musicology (2018) 35 (3): 295–335.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Emily Richmond Pollock In 1944 with Nazi Germany just months from defeat, a curious and now little-known book was published in Regensburg: a collection of essays and biographies that strove to define the contemporary state of opera. Titled Die deutsche Oper der Gegenwart ( German Opera of the...
The Journal of Musicology (2018) 35 (1): 1–41.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Austin Glatthorn In July 1786 Prince Carl Anselm of Thurn und Taxis concluded that he had no choice but to dissolve his Italian court opera. This owed in part to the success of the German theater, which had been established in 1784 to rival the Prince’s Hoftheater and contest his position as the...
The Journal of Musicology (2011) 28 (2): 195–230.
Published: 01 April 2011
...Valeria de Lucca This article sheds new light onto the process of transformation of the figure of the opera patron in Rome during the mid-seventeenth century. Following the travels of Giovanni Filippo Apolloni's libretto Amor per vendetta, ovvero L'Alcasta , I trace the dissolution of the...