By Donald Grout,Hermine Weigel Williams

When first released in 1947, A brief historical past of Opera instantly accomplished foreign prestige as a vintage within the box. This completely revised and elevated fourth version examines not just the traditional functionality repertoire, but additionally works thought of vital for the genre's improvement, from its Greek forerunners to the current day. The part on twentieth-century opera has been reorganized round nationwide operatic traditions together with a bankruptcy dedicated completely to opera within the usa, which includes fabric at the American musical and ties among classical opera and well known musical theater. With an intensive multilanguage bibliography, a couple of hundred musical examples, and degree illustrations, this authoritative one-volume survey could be beneficial to scholars and critical opera buffs.

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