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The Libretto as Literature: Doktor Faust Ferruccio Busoni by Nancy Otis Chamness

The Libretto as Literature: Doktor Faust

Ferruccio Busoni by Nancy Otis Chamness

Published December 13th 2001
ISBN : 9780820440774
Hardcover
228 pages
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 About the Book 

The libretto is an integral part of every opera, but it is also a text in its own right and therefore able to be viewed both in isolation, as literature, and in conjunction with the music, for which it serves as a foundation. In this book, Nancy O.MoreThe libretto is an integral part of every opera, but it is also a text in its own right and therefore able to be viewed both in isolation, as literature, and in conjunction with the music, for which it serves as a foundation. In this book, Nancy O. Chamness presents a thorough and innovative analysis of the origins of Busonis Doktor Faust libretto, both in terms of Busonis development of the text through several revisions and in terms of its place in the literary tradition of the Faust legend, including Goethes Faust and the Faust puppet plays. She then applies this analysis to understand how the libretto functions as a literary text, as an open drama, and as part of the music and action of the opera.