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Singspiel ("song-play") is a form of German-language music drama, similar to modern musical theater, though it is also referred to as a type of operetta or opera. It is characterized by spoken dialogue, sometimes performed over music, interspersed with ensembles, popular songs, ballads or arias (which were often folk-like and strophic in nature). Music is a human activity which involves structured and audible sounds, which is used for artistic or aesthetic, entertainment, or ceremonial purposes. ... There are many articles named Drama: Drama, the art form. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content or primary entertainment is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental, as it is through the lyrics. ... The word ensemble can refer to a musical ensemble a statistical ensemble a quantum ensemble a DAB ensemble a fluid mechanical ensemble This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Popular music, sometimes abbreviated pop music, is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are broadly popular. ... A ballad is a story in song, usually a narrative song or poem. ... This article is about aria, a type of music. ... Strophic form, or chorus form, is a sectional and/or additive way of structuring a piece of music based on the repetition of one formal section or block played repeatedly. ...


The first Singspiel were probably translations of English ballad operas from the late 18th century. French comic operas (Opéra comique) were also frequently transcribed into the German, as well. Singspiel was considered popular entertainment, and was usually performed by traveling troupes, rather than by established companies within metropolitan centers. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Opéra comique is a French style of opera that is a partial counterpart to the Italian opera buffa. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Recreation. ...


Singspiel plots are generally comic or romantic in nature, and frequently include elements of magic, fantastical creatures, and comically exaggerated characterizations of good and evil. While tragedy was a less frequent motif, it should be noted that most of the Singspiel that are still part of the modern operatic canon were those written on more serious themes, such as Ludwig von Beethoven's Fidelio, or Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz [1] Magic or sorcery are terms referring to the alleged influencing of events and physical phenomena by supernatural, mystical, or paranormal means. ... In literature, a motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance. ... Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770 – March 26, 1827) was a German composer of Classical music, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. ... Fidelio is an opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. ... Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (born November 18 or November 19, 1786, in Eutin near Lübeck, Germany; died June 5, 1826, of tuberculosis, in London, England) was a German composer. ... Der Freischütz (English: The Freeshooter) is an opera in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber to a libretto by Friedrich Kind. ...


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart touched the genre under an imperial commission for the New National Theatre in Vienna with Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 1782. He continued to write in the genre, with works such as Zaide, Der Schauspieldirektor and Die Zauberflöte, although some argue that because it incorporates a significant number of elements from various other musical and dramatic genres, it is a work that defies such a clear-cut classification.[2] Mozart drawing by Doris Stock, 1789 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptised as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) is among the most significant and enduringly popular composers of European classical music. ... Vienna (German: Wien [viːn]; Slovenian: Dunaj, Croatian and Serbian: Beč Romanian: Viena, Hungarian: Bécs, Czech: Vídeň, Slovak: Viedeň, Romany Vidnya, Russian: Вена) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... The Abduction from the Seraglio (K. 384; in German Die Entführung aus dem Serail) is a comic opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... Zaide is an opera, K. 344, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1780. ... Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486, is a comic German singspiel that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote as his entry in a musical competition sponsored on February 7, 1786 by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II at the Schönbrunn palace in Vienna. ... Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ...


Singspiel is considered the predecessor of German romantic opera, and many of the genre’s composers, such as Beethoven and Weber, paved the way to the more complex operatic style associated with Wagner, Richard Strauss and others. As a result of this evolution, however, Singspiel itself had become basically obsolete by the end of the 19th century. Other than for a handful of works, most of the genre is generally not considered to be part of the modern classical canon. Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770 – March 26, 1827) was a German composer of Classical music, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. ... Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (born November 18 or November 19, 1786, in Eutin near Lübeck, Germany; died June 5, 1826, of tuberculosis, in London, England) was a German composer. ... Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 in Leipzig[1] – February 13, 1883 in Venice[2]) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later came to call them). ... Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949) was a German composer of the late Romantic era, particularly noted for his tone poems and operas. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


To a certain extent, a more recent spingspiel could be the preschool series "Wonder Pets" on Nick Jr.. Nick Jr. ...


Resources

  • Barbara Russano Hanning, Donald Jay Grout: Concise History of Western Music, W.W. Norton & Company, 1998.
  • Bartleby's History of Opera
  • WW Norton - Definitions of Classical Terms
  • Art History Club - History of Singpiel

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Singspiel - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (442 words)
Singspiel ("song-play") (plural Singspiele) is a form of German-language music drama, regarded as a type of operetta or opera.
Singspiel plots are generally comic or romantic in nature, and frequently include elements of magic, fantastical creatures, and comically exaggerated characterizations of good and evil.
Singspiel is considered the predecessor of German romantic opera, and many of the genre’s composers, such as Beethoven and Weber, paved the way to the more complex operatic style associated with Wagner, Richard Strauss and others.
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