|Institution:||University of Cincinnati|
|Keywords:||Music; German opera; Aesthetics; Leipzig; Singspiel; Johann Adam Hiller; Eigheenth-century opera|
|Full text PDF:||http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1460444532|
German public opera experienced a renaissance in the wake of the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). Leipzig played a crucial role in this rebirth because of its annual trade fairs, prestigious university, lack of a local court presence, and active literary culture. The opera developed here quickly spread to other parts of the German-speaking world, encouraging other artists to experiment with German opera and inspiring aesthetic debates that would resonate into the next century. This dissertation examines opera in Leipzig during this critical period between 1766 and 1775 from a variety of angles. It surveys contemporary music periodicals, examining the nature of German aesthetic debates. It studies musical scores to see how compositional choices reflected these debates. It compiles theater records to gauge the popularity of German opera vis-a-vis its French, Italian, and Viennese relatives. Finally, it takes into account non-periodical writings from artists and non-artists alike to grant a broad view of the social context for opera in Leipzig. In the end, it sheds light on the aesthetic foundations of a pivotal stage in German operatic history. Advisors/Committee Members: Morrow, Mary Sue (Committee Chair).