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Haydn's Jews
Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage

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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521455473

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  • This fascinating study of ethnic theatrical representation provides original perspectives on the cultural milieu, compositional strategies and operatic legacy of Joseph Haydn. The portrayal of Jews changed markedly during the composer's lifetime. Before the Enlightenment, when Jews were treated as a people apart, physical infirmities and other markers of 'difference' were frequently caricatured on the comedic stage. However, when society began to debate the 'Jewish Question' - understood in the later eighteenth century as how best to integrate Jews into society as productive citizens - theatrical representations became more sympathetic. As Caryl Clark describes, Haydn had many opportunities to observe Jews in his working environments in Vienna and Eisenstadt, and incorporated Jewish stereotypes in two early works. An understanding of Haydn's evolving approach to ethnic representation on the stage provides deeper insight into the composer's iconic wit and humanity, and to the development of opera as a cultural art form across the centuries.

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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521455473
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of musical examples
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. The Limping Devil and the Jew on stage
    2. Jews in Haydn's world
    3. The apothecary as Jew in Lo speziale
    4. Hirschfield, Mahler, and the fin-de-siècle revival of Lo speziale as Der Apotheker
    Epilogue: Der Apotheker in the twentieth century
    Appendix: Hirschfield's review of Der Apotheker in the Wiener Abendpost, February 1899
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Caryl Clark, University of Toronto

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