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Verdi and the Germans
From Unification to the Third Reich

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Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521519199

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  • This seminal study of Giuseppe Verdi's German-language reception provides important new perspectives on German musical culture and nationalism from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Kreuzer argues that the concept of Germany's musical supremacy, so dear to its nationalist cause, was continually challenged by the popularity of Italian opera, a genre increasingly epitomised by Verdi. The book traces the many facets of this Italian-German opposition in the context of intense historical developments from German unification in 1871 to the end of World War II and beyond. Drawing on an exceptionally broad range of sources, Kreuzer explores the construction of visual and biographical images of Verdi; the marketing, interpretation and adaptation of individual works; regional, social and religious undercurrents in German musical life; and overt political appropriations. Suppressed, manipulated and, not least, guiltily enjoyed, Verdi emerges as a powerful influence on German intellectuals' ideas about their collective identity and Germany's paradigmatic musical Other.

    • Presents a fresh view on German musical culture by exploring a fundamental yet previously neglected side of German musical life - its links with nationalism and music historiography
    • Engages a wide field of cultural developments by relating musical reception to a broad compass of aspects of modern life, from literature and visual media to politics, economics, marketing and religion
    • Places music firmly within a larger historical context
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    Prizes

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011
    • Winner of the 2011 Lewis Lockwood Award, American Musicological Society
    • Winner of the 2012 Gaddis Smith International Book Prize, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Kreuzer's book is dense but extremely rewarding: her ideas come fast and furious, and they provide rich food for thought. She has probed deep into the German character of those difficult years, and she has found a genuinely new approach to musical and cultural relations within Germany and beyond. Highly Recommended." \
    --Choice

    "Kreuzer is indeed a thorough scholar whose book can be highly recommended. It offers much about Verdi that will be new, but definitely worth the effort."
    -- The Opera Journal

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521519199
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction: Italian opera and German historiography
    2. Verdi's Requiem and the anxious young Kaiserreich
    3. Maestro to Meister: Verdi purified
    4. The 'Verdi renaissance'
    5. Verdi in the Third Reich
    6. Epilogue: post-war Verdi
    Appendix 1. Verdi's Requiem in German-language countries, 1875–1901
    Appendix 2. Successful Verdi revivals in German-language theatres, 1901–51
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Gundula Kreuzer, Yale University, Connecticut
    Gundula Kreuzer is Assistant Professor of Music at Yale University. Her work on Verdi's music and reception, the marketing of opera and the theory and history of staging has appeared in various journals and collected volumes, including the Cambridge Opera Journal and the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and has earned her the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society as well as the Jerome Roche Prize of the Royal Musical Association. She is editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, Series V: Instrumental Chamber Music (2009) and has been serving as Reviews and Associate Editor for The Opera Quarterly.

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