'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711

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'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711

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Title: 'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711
Author: Faust, Veronica T.
Advisor: Freedman, Richard; Graham, Lisa Jane
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 234942 bytes151584 bytes
Issue Date: 2006
Honors: 2006 Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
Honors: Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
Abstract: In the years leading up to the 1711 premiere of Handel's opera Rinaldo, the first Italian opera composed specifically for the London stage, British writers hotly contested the merits of this new art form. At a critical time politically, socially, and culturally, British writers never opposed Italian opera solely for its music, but in relation to the larger political and cultural context of early eighteenth-century Britain. The authors John Dennis, Joseph Addison, and Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury each reveal different fears that crystallize in their arguments against Italian opera. Despite their warnings, Rinaldo was a tremendous success due to its excellent visual spectacle and music, and the British people found a place in London musical life for Handel and his Italian operas amidst ongoing criticism.
Subject: Great Britain -- Civilization -- Italian influences
Subject: Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Rinaldo
Subject: Opera -- Italy -- 18th century
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/664

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Faust, Veronica T.. "'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/664.

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