Book Review: The Bible in Music

Robert Letellier's productivity and his wonderful understanding of music, history, religion and context of time and place with regards to composition is brilliantly brought to the fore in this beautifully produced book, which offers such a wealth of easily digestible information. It is also a superior reference book for anybody interested in the topic at … Continue reading Book Review: The Bible in Music

Book Announcement: The Orient in Music – Music of the Orient

The Orient in Music - Music of the Orient now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Orient in Music - Music of the Orient, edited by Małgorzata Grajter. “OM”, a fundamental meditation sound present in the cultures of Buddhism, is a syllable full of philosophical and … Continue reading Book Announcement: The Orient in Music – Music of the Orient

Book Announcement: Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett)

Richard Genée's The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Richard Genée's The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett), edited by Dario Salvi. In 1876, Richard Genée, the busiest and arguably best Viennese operetta librettist collaborated, this time as a composer, with Camillo Walzel on … Continue reading Book Announcement: Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett)

Book Review: A forgotten theatrical treasure

The fame of ‘Die Fledermaus' is universal. With ‘Orpheus in the Underworld', ‘The Merry Widow', and ‘Countess Maritza', it defines the nature and progress of the operetta genre, representing as it does, the essence of the Golden Age of Viennese Operetta. The melodies of Strauss are famous, but endemic to the success of this work … Continue reading Book Review: A forgotten theatrical treasure

Richard Genée’s “Der Seekadett”: New Edition By Dario Salvi

New operas are hard to come by these days—at least that is what I have always been told. Finding an opera house or an opera company willing to take a chance in producing a new title or reviving an old work is said to be almost impossible. Everywhere you go the operas belonging to the … Continue reading Richard Genée’s “Der Seekadett”: New Edition By Dario Salvi

Book Review: A Trip to Africa: A Comic Opera by Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé after Johann Strauss II, the most famous exponent of the Golden Age of Operetta in Vienna, is remembered today principally for his famous evergreen overtures, full of melody and orchestral panache, esp. Poet and Peasant, Light Cavalry, Pique Dame and Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna. His actual operettas have survived only … Continue reading Book Review: A Trip to Africa: A Comic Opera by Franz von Suppé