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'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711

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dc.contributor.advisor Freedman, Richard
dc.contributor.advisor Graham, Lisa Jane en_US Faust, Veronica T. en_US 2007-02-28T20:28:04Z 2007-02-28T20:28:04Z 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the years leading up to the 1711 premiere of Handel's opera Rinaldo, the first Italian opera composed specifically for the London stage, British writers hotly contested the merits of this new art form. At a critical time politically, socially, and culturally, British writers never opposed Italian opera solely for its music, but in relation to the larger political and cultural context of early eighteenth-century Britain. The authors John Dennis, Joseph Addison, and Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury each reveal different fears that crystallize in their arguments against Italian opera. Despite their warnings, Rinaldo was a tremendous success due to its excellent visual spectacle and music, and the British people found a place in London musical life for Handel and his Italian operas amidst ongoing criticism. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History en_US
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dc.subject.lcsh Great Britain -- Civilization -- Italian influences
dc.subject.lcsh Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Rinaldo
dc.subject.lcsh Opera -- Italy -- 18th century
dc.title 'Music has learn’d the discords of the state' : The Cultural Politics of British Opposition to Italian Opera, 1706-1711 en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en_US
dc.description.refereed 2006 Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
dc.description.refereed Department of History Prize Winning Thesis

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