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Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage$
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Peter Brown and Suzana Ograjenšek

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.001.0001

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Establishing a Text, Securing a Reputation

Establishing a Text, Securing a Reputation

Metastasio’s Use of Aristotle

(p.177) 10 Establishing a Text, Securing a Reputation
Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Michael Burden

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Metastasio's engagement with Aristotle. In the 1740s, the falling out of fashion of Metastasio's type of drama coincided with the beginning of the greatest period of alteration of his opera plots and the substitution of arias in his works as staged in the theatre. Metastasio sought to counter the desecration of his texts by arguing — using the notion that his own work could be critiqued through, and glorified by, a reworking of Aristotelian precepts — that they had the same standing as revered classical texts.

Keywords:   Metastasio, operas, Aristorle, libretto, Estratto

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