W. A. Mozart; La Clemenza Di Tito
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1991 Author: John A. Rice
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0521369495
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Paperback - 181 pages (June 1991), ships within 2-3 days.

"Besides contemporary documentation, Rice's volume contains chapters on Pietro Metastasio's original libretto of two generations earlier, Caterino Mazzola's reworking of it for Mozart, and Mozart's composition of the work; a synopsis with comments on the music; and three final chapters dealing with the reception of the opera and productions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."

From The Publisher
This is the first book to be devoted to Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito." John A. Rice considers the opera from a variety of historical and critical viewpoints. "Tito" is a political opera. The author examines its origins in the politically unstable Habsburg Empire of 1791, interpreting it as a response to revolutionary threats both inside and outside the monarchy. "Tito" is also a literary opera: much of its dramatic power lies in its libretto. Rice analyses Metatasio's libretto and the revised version that Mozart set. The volume also explores aspects of Mozart's compositional process, the premiere in Prague, and subsequent critical reception through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In a concluding chapter Rice reviews recent performances as well as scholarly research that sheds light on interpretation of the opera. The volume, which contains illustrations of recent productions, music examples, a discography, and a bibliography, will be of interest to students, scholars, and opera-goers.