Faculty Book: Mitchell Cohen
The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart
(Princeton University Press, 2017)
The Politics of Opera takes readers on a fascinating journey into the entwined development of opera and politics, from the Renaissance through the turn of the nineteenth century. What political backdrops have shaped opera? How has opera conveyed the political ideas of its times? Delving into European history and thought and an array of music by such greats as Lully, Rameau, and Mozart, Mitchell Cohen reveals how politics — through story lines, symbols, harmonies, and musical motifs — has played an operatic role both robust and sotto voce.
An engrossing book that will interest all who love opera and are intrigued by politics, The Politics of Opera offers a compelling investigation into the intersections of music and the state. Mitchell Cohen is a professor of poltical science at the Graduate Center and Baruch College.
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Submitted on: SEP 6, 2017
Category: Faculty Books | Political Science