This volume presents a collection of essays by leading Gluck scholars which highlight the best of recent and classic contributions to Gluck scholarship, many of which are now difficult to access. Tracing Gluck's life, career and legacy, the essays offer a variety of approaches to the major issues and controversies surrounding the composer and his works and range from the degree to which reform elements are apparent in his early operas to his contribution to changing perceptions of Hellenism. The introduction identifies the major topics investigated and highlights the innovatory nature of many of the approaches, particularly those which address perceptions of the composer in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This volume, which focuses on one of the most fascinating and influential composers of his era, provides an indispensable resource for academics, scholars and libraries.
Patricia Howard is Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University, UK. Daniel Heartz; Patricia Howard; John H. Roberts; Klaus Hortschansky; Jen-yen Chen; Charles C. Russell; Sibylle Dahms; Bruce Alan Brown; Raymond Monelle; Michel Noiray; Max Loppert, Margaret R. Butler; Julian Rushton; Herbert Schneider; Thomas Betzwieser; Wilhelm Weismann; George J. Buelow; F.W. Sternfeld; H.C. Robbins Landon; Joel-Marie Fauquet; William Gibbons; Simon Goldhill.