Puccini's soundscapes: realism and modernity in italian Opera
2016, cm 17 x 24, x-180 pp.
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Puccini’s rely to an unprecedented degree on a fantasy of unmediated sound operas. By exploring the origins and limits of the composer’s realist acoustics Puccini’s Soundscapes aims to rethink the shape of Puccini’s career and reinterpret many of his major works. Asking more broadly how Italian composers responded to fundamental transformations of auditory culture, this volume proposes a new dialogue between musicology and sound studies and a new approach to musical modernity.
Arman Schwartz is the co-editor of Giacomo Puccini and His World (Princeton University Press) and editor of Opera and the Avant-Garde, a special issue of «Opera Quarterly», on whose editorial board he serves. He is currently a Birmingham Fellow in Music at the University of Birmingham (UK) and previously held postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Major awards and fellowships include a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and the Royal Musical Association's Jerome Roche Prize.