THE RISK OF ENGLISH OPERA by Eric Walter White

THE RISK OF ENGLISH OPERA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An important addition to any music library is this somewhat uninspired study of British operatic compositions and composers. Beginning with the early, tentative musical accompaniments to Elizabethan drawn, the author traces the story through Purcell, Handel, The the various operas (by both English and foreign composers) based on the romantic tales of Scott and Byron, the rise of operettas and the success of Gilbert and Bullivan, and finally the 20th century composers--Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dame Ethel Smyth, and most recently, Benjamin Britten. Coincidentally with British opera composition, the author follows the careers of the theaters and companies that have played decisive roles in the presentation of opera in England.

Publisher: Philosophical Library