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Donington, Robert

Overview
Works: 108 works in 595 publications in 5 languages and 14,352 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  History  Studies (Music) 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor, Instrumentalist, Arranger, Contributor, Author of introduction, Composer
Classifications: ML457, 781.91
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Most widely held works about Robert Donington
 
Most widely held works by Robert Donington
The interpretation of early music by Robert Donington( Book )

106 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's "Ring" and its symbols; the music and the myth by Robert Donington( Book )

62 editions published between 1960 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The instruments of music by Robert Donington( Book )

74 editions published between 1945 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera and its symbols : the unity of words, music, and staging by Robert Donington( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Donington, the noted musicologist, performer, and writer, is famous for his influential and provocative book Wagner's "Ring" and Its Symbols, and for his indispensable reference work The Interpretation of Early Music. In this book he discusses the workings of symbolism in opera and the importance of staging opera in keeping with the composer's intentions. Only in this way, says Donington, can we be faithful to the conscious or unconscious symbolism invested in the work by the composer and librettist. Starting form Carlyle's premise that "it is through symbols that man, consciously or unconsciously, lives, works and has his being," Donington interprets scenes and characters from operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Puccini, Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky, Berg, Britten, Tippett, and other composers. Time and again Donington sheds new light on operatic situations that are problematic or have become over-familiar. His lively and wide-ranging work reveals a deep knowledge and love of opera, combined with a rare insight into hidden meanings to be found in music, words, and action [Publisher description]
A performer's guide to Baroque music by Robert Donington( Book )

33 editions published between 1963 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baroque music : style and performance : a handbook by Robert Donington( Book )

25 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did Baroque music sound to its contemporaries? What did they say about its style and performance as that long and eventful period unfolded? Here is a book which brings together many of the answers and draws conclusions of great practical interest to musicians and audiences of today. How can we determine suitable tempi, rhythm, or dynamics from a notation which included few indications of these primary necessities? From the music itself, of course; but we need all the help that scholars can give us. Out of the teeming abundance and confusion of the contemporary evidence, Robert Donington has chosen, organized, and interpreted just that essential material which the modern musician needs to guide his own interpretive decisions. This book is not only a scholar's summary but a musician's testament. Performers may look here for an authentic grounding, while the enthusiastic amateur will be treated to an insight into that spirit of adventure which commends Baroque music so strongly to our generation." -- Back cover
The rise of opera by Robert Donington( Book )

15 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis van het ontstaan en de eerste bloeiperiode van de opera in Italië en Frankrijk in de 16e en 17e eeuw
The opera by Robert Donington( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and Latin and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music and its instruments by Robert Donington( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de akoestische werking van muziekinstrumenten door de eeuwen heen
String playing in Baroque music by Robert Donington( Recording )

22 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a practical demonstration of the style and technique of string playing which we believe makes for the best effect, under ordinary modern conditions of performance, in baroque music
Tempo and rhythm in Bach's organ music by Robert Donington( Book )

12 editions published between 1960 and 1961 in English and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise of good taste in the art of musick by Francesco Geminiani( )

7 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scales, arpeggios, and exercises for the recorder : (sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, and bass) by Margaret Donington( )

4 editions published between 1961 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wagners Ring des Nibelungen und seine Symbole : Musik und Mythos by Robert Donington( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1995 in German and English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise of good taste in the art of musick by Francesco Geminiani( Book )

12 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

String playing in baroque music by Robert Donington( Recording )

8 editions published in 1977 in 3 languages and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MENUHIN, Yehudi (violin). MALCOLM, George (harpsichord)
The work and ideas of Arnold Dolmetsch; the renaissance of early music by Robert Donington( Book )

7 editions published in 1932 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Geschichte der Oper : die Einheit von Text, Musik und Inszenierung by Robert Donington( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in German and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The citizen faces war by Robert Donington( Book )

3 editions published in 1936 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the war resistance movement with a history of conscientious objection in England during the World War
The interpretation of early music by Robert Donington( )

4 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Opera and its symbols : the unity of words, music, and staging
Alternative Names
Donington, Robert

Robert Donington British musicologist

Robert Donington Brits musicoloog (1907-1990)

Robert Donington englischer Musikwissenschaftler und Gambist

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Languages
English (393)

German (21)

Spanish (16)

Esperanto (1)

Latin (1)

Covers
Opera and its symbols : the unity of words, music, and stagingBaroque music : style and performance : a handbookThe operaScales, arpeggios, and exercises for the recorder : (sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, and bass)