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Opera and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

was a musician capable of playing many instruments who started playing in public at the age of 6. Over the years, Mozart, composed hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, concertos and operas. When he was a young man, Mozart travelled through Europe. Mozarts first operas that he composed was to be performed in Germany, and he found employment from 1774 to 1777 at the court of the Prince Archbishop in Salzburg. During this time , Mozart completed his complete violin concertos...

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Discuss the relationship between words and music in the operas of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Discuss the relationship between words and music in the operas of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Words and music have been playing an important role in the human culture, people express themselves and communicate with each other through words and music. Different styles and techniques in music and the link between words and music are found in operas. Opera was born in Italy around the year 1600, and Italian opera has continued to play a dominant role in music history until...

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Beijing Opera

Special Features of Beijing Opera performance Beijing opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. The 4 roles in Beijing opera are Sheng(生),Dan(旦),Jing(净),Chou(丑). The Dan(旦)refers to any female role in Beijing opera. Dan roles were originally divided into five subtypes. Old women were played by laodan(老旦),martial women were wudan(武旦),young female warriors were daomadan, virtuous and elite women were qingyi(青衣), and vivacious...

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Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera Review The Phantom of the Opera is a play written by Andrew Lloyd Webber that is an adaptation from the novel of the same name. It premiered on September 27, 1986 at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, England in New York City. Its Broadway premiere was on January 26, 1988 at the Majestic Theatre. The production is still currently running at the Majestic Theatre and at many other venues around the world. The writer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, is from London, England...

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Phantom of the Opera Review Notes

musical box, Breaks out into song when monkey collectors piece is won. Auction 666 the phantom of the opera, majestic music production, Phantom organist wearing half mask. Opera performance interrupted by director during singing, after performance owner announces retirement and introduces new owners. New owner Andre requests performance from lead singer and then during singing the phantom of the opera strikes. Lead singer (Carlotta) freaks out because the owner does nothing of the “happenings” for the...

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Rationalistic Distaste For Opera

Music 101 MWW Study Questions MWW 54: Rationalistic Distaste for Opera 1. Italianate Opera did not conquer every European center without resistance, especially in countries (like France and England) with strong traditions of spoken drama. What exactly does St.-Evremond (p. 201-3) object to about opera, and why? Exactly what parts of a drama does he say should NOT be set to music, and why? People observe the justness if the cincirds; and amidst all the varieties that unite to make the sweetness...

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Welcome to Peking Opera

WELCOME TO PEKING OPERA Min Doh I organized basic facts and simple information mainly related to my presentation, however the actual contents might be different because I did not want to add any spoiler. :-) Brief Introduction & History Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years. Through a period of more than half a century of combination and integration of various kinds of opera there evolved the present Peking opera, the biggest kind of opera in China, whose richness...

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Character Analysis of Raoul and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera

Christine Glaude P.3 12/1/10 Some of the most debated Phantom of the Opera topics on the Web are as follows. Raoul or Erik (the Phantom), who is superior to the other and who did Christine Daae truly love? Would The Phantom have given her a normal life the way that Raoul could? Who should Christine have ended up with? Although popular opinion tends to be in favor of Raoul, Erik is the right choice. Of course, the goal in answering the first question is to explore the ways of how each man...

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The Baroque Era

The Baroque Era During the Baroque Era, a new form of music was created called opera. Opera is defined as “an extended dramatic composition, in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment, that usually includes arias, choruses, and recitatives, and that sometimes includes ballet.” Around the same time that opera became popular began oratorio. Oratorio is very similar to opera except the theme of an opera normally dealt with history and mythology, including age-old devices of romance,...

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Phantom of the Opera

Symbolism behind the Phantom of the Opera Throughout the story and the original novel, the symbolic use of mirrors abound. I think much deeper it's dealt with in the original book by Gaston Leroux, and somewhat alluded to in different terms in the movie. Nevertheless, let's take a look at the reflection in the mirror and see what's there. What is a mirror? Basically, it's just a smooth shiny surface that forms an image by reflection. When we gaze into a mirror, our reflection returns to us, and...

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