A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan pdf epub fb2

A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan by Gayden Wren epub fb2 djvu

Author: Gayden Wren
Title: A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan
ISBN: 0195145143
ISBN13: 978-0195145144
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Pages: 416 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 20, 2001)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1358 kb
Size FB2 version: 1434 kb
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts

Written more than a century ago and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the fourteen operas of Gilbert & Sullivan emerged over the course of the twentieth century as the world's most popular body of musical-theater works, ranking second only to Shakespeare in the history of English-language theater. Despite this resounding popularity and proven longevity, most books written about the duo have focused on the authors rather than the works. With this detailed examination of all fourteen operas, Gayden Wren fills this void. His bold thesis finds the key to the operas' longevity, not in the clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories themselves. Like Shakespeare's comedies, Wren shows, the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan endure because of their timeless themes, which speak to audiences as powerfully now as they did the first time they were performed. Written out of an abiding love for the Savoy operas, this volume is essential reading for any devotee of these enchanting works, or indeed for anyone who loves musical theater.

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