The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera by Roger Parker
Intended for the general reader, this paperback edition of The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera includes insightful chapters on periods in opera history from its inception through the works of present-day composers, along with more than 250 illustrations, many of them rare.
- Author: Roger Parker
- Paperback: 584 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
- Publication Date: June 28, 2001
- Size: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.
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