Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9780226711256 Published April 1999


Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera

John A. Rice

Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera

John A. Rice

668 pages | 2 color plates, 51 halftones, 223 musical examples, 2 tables | 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 | © 1998
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9780226711256 Published April 1999
Many know Antonio Salieri only as Mozart's envious nemesis from the film Amadeus. In this well-illustrated work, John A. Rice shows us what a rich musical and personal history this popular stereotype has missed.

Bringing Salieri, his operas, and eighteenth-century Viennese theater vividly to life, Rice places Salieri where he belongs: no longer lurking in Mozart's shadow, but standing proudly among the leading opera composers of his age. Rice's research in the archives of Vienna and close study of his scores reveal Salieri to have been a prolific, versatile, and adventurous composer for the stage. Within the extraordinary variety of Salieri's approaches to musical dramaturgy, Rice identifies certain habits of orchestration, melodic style, and form as distinctively "Salierian"; others are typical of Viennese opera in general. A generous selection of excerpts from Salieri's works, most previously unpublished, will give readers a fuller appreciation for his musical style—and its influence on Mozart—than was previously possible.

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