German Opera in the Eighteenth Century

German Opera in the - German Opera in the Eighteenth Century Singspiel The word combines the terms for singing(singen and play(Spiel The usual

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German Opera in the Eighteenth Century Singspiel : The word combines the terms for singing (singen) and play (Spiel). The usual German word for a spoken play or drama is Schauspiel (schaunen = to look), so Singspiel echoes that idea. Abduction from the Seraglio ( Die Entführung aus dem Serail , 1782): libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie Pasha Selim (speaking role), a complicated oriental despot, in love with – Constanze (soprano), Belmonte’s fiancée, kidnapped by the Pasha and installed in his seraglio. She resists the Pasha’s courtship. Belmonte (tenor), searching for Constanze Osmin, a servant (comic bass), guardian of the harem Blonde (soprano) Constanze’s maid, object of Osmin’s attention. But Blonde’s true love is – Pedrillo (baritone), Belmonte’s former manservant, also a prisoner in the Seraglio Strophic form – A single musical verse repeats (exactly, or with little change) for each verse of the text. Always used for “phenomenal” music, which is music making within
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course MUSC 030 taught by Professor Carolynabbate during the Spring '12 term at UPenn.

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German Opera in the - German Opera in the Eighteenth Century Singspiel The word combines the terms for singing(singen and play(Spiel The usual

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