Introduction and Words and Music, I
Lecture no. 1 from the course: How to Listen to and Understand Opera
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 46 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
In the first two lectures we develop a methodology for listening to and understanding opera. We are introduced to the concept of opera as a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts in its combination of soliloquy, dialogue, scenery, action, and continuous music. We see how music can evoke what words cannot express; the composer is the dramatist. This combination of words and music endows opera with a unique dramatic power. We are introduced to the concept of opera characters as archetypes, and we study the reasons for the lasting popularity of opera.