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The Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna: A Poetics of Entertainment Hardcover – May 2 1999


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Winner of the 2000 Otto Kinkeldey Prize for best musicological book of 1999, American Musicological Society

Co-Winner of the 2000 Otto Kinkeldey Award, American Musicological Society

"Although opera buffa and Mozart's opera in general have been studied by many scholars and from many points of view, Hunter's work, based on such a large bosy of scores, provides new proofs and a unique focus on the entertainment value of the works."--Choice

"A major addition to a central topic in Mozart studies."--Julian Rushton, Times Literary Supplement

"Indisputably the most comprehensive discussion yet published on the repertory of Viennese opera that forms the context for Mozart's comic operas."--Eighteenth-Century Studies

"Hunter's work establishes a pattern for interpreting opera that will surely be imitated. If her thoroughly systematic approach to unraveling meaning in opera is followed in similarly uncompromising, contextual analysis, there is much of eighteenth-century opera, of all kinds and locations, that we will yet learn. This is a marvelous beginning."--Dale E. Monoson, Current Musicology

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Mary Hunter is Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. She is the editor, with James Webster, of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna.

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IF THE INTELLECTUAL context of opera buffa in Vienna suggests that its occasion was understood as being "about" pleasure, the theatrical context of operatic performance did not gainsay this. Read the first page
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