Osmin's Rage: Philosophical Reflections on Opera, Drama, and Text, with a New Final Chapter

Osmin's Rage: Philosophical Reflections on Opera, Drama, and Text, with a New Final Chapter

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In his new concluding chapter, Peter Kivy advances his argument on behalf of a distinctive intellectual and musical character of opera before Mozart. He proposes that happy endings were a musical--as opposed to a dramatic--necessity for opera during this period and that Mozart's Idomeneo is properly enjoyed and judged only when listeners are attuned to its seventeenth and eighteenth-century forebears.