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The Ultimate Art By David Littlejohn

The Ultimate Art
by David Littlejohn

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Shows us that opera embraces intense human emotion and experience, Western culture, and individual psychology. This book argues that it is also the most complex, challenging, and demanding form of public performance ever developed. It begins with "The Difference Is They Sing", an essay on the nature of opera and its place in modern culture.
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The Ultimate Art: Essays Around and About Opera by David Littlejohn

Anyone who cares about opera will find "The Ultimate Art" a thoroughly engaging book. David Littlejohn's essays are exciting, provocative, sometimes even outrageous. They reflect his deep love of opera - that exotic, extravagant, and perpetually popular hybrid performing art form - and his fascination with the many worlds from which it sprang. From its seventeenth-century beginnings, opera has been decried by its detractors for its elitism, its artifice, its absurd costliness, and its social irrelevance. But Littlejohn makes us see that opera embraces an extraordinary amount of intense human emotion and experience, Western culture, and individual psychology. It is also the most complex, challenging, and demanding form of public performance ever developed - at its most spectacular it pulls together in one evening a play, a concert, a ballet, and a pageant, not to mention an exhibition of painting and sculpture. Every opera is a veritable piece of cultural history. The book begins with "The Difference Is They Sing", a potentially controversial essay on the nature of opera and its place in modern culture. From there Littlejohn goes on to consider everything from "Sex and Religion in French Opera" to "What Peter Sellars Did to Mozart". He tells us about every major staging of Wagner's "Ring cycle" since 1876, the troubled fate (in legend, history, and opera) of the city of Nuremberg, and the volatile collaboration of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Littlejohn presents these and many other fascinating moments in the history of opera with conviction and flair. By the end of the book the reader may very well be persuaded that opera is indeed the ultimate art.

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The Ultimate Art Reviews


"Littlejohn . . . writes such compelling, expressive prose that this collection . . . is a great pleasure to read."--"Publishers Weekly

About David Littlejohn


David Littlejohn, who teaches in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, has been writing opera reviews for over twenty years--first for his "Critic at Large" programs on PBS, then for the Times (London), and now for the Wall Street Journal. Among his books are Black on White: A Critical Survey of Writing by American Negroes (1966); The Andre Gide Reader (1971); Dr. Johnson and Noah Webster: Two Men and Their Dictionaries (1971); Architect: The Life and Work of Charles W. Moore (1984); and two novels, The Man Who Killed Mick Jagger (1977) and Going to California (1981).

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GOR009679203
The Ultimate Art: Essays Around and About Opera by David Littlejohn
David Littlejohn
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University of California Press
1993-01-11
320
0520076087
9780520076082
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.