Gustav III and the Swedish Stage: Opera, Theatre, and Other Foibles

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Contains some of the latest contributions to Gustavian studies, both interdisciplinary and intuitive in approach. The first section contains articles surrounding the modern premiere of Joseph Martin Kraus's "Turkish" opera Soliman II in 1989. The articles show different perspectives as seen from each of the participants and gives unusual and penetrating insight into the artistic problems inherent in the revival of the 200-year-old work. The second section is more generalized and more scholarly -- contributions from the research of musicologists, dance historians, literary historians. The third section is devoted to a brief aesthetical perspective of Gern Schönfelder on cognitive intuition, which delineates the perceptive qualities of music. Contributors include Jacqueline Martin, Martin Tegen, Barbro Stribolt, Lennart Hedwall, Gunnar Larsson, and Newell Jenkins.


"This book is a significant achievement of musical scholarship that will prove to be of especial interest to musicologists in the English-speaking world. . . . one of the best collections of essays and articles concerning the life and works of the composer Joseph Martin Kraus. . . . it illuminates an area of 18th-century music that has been unjustifiably neglected for much too long a time." -- William E. Grim

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