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Music, History, and Politics (19)

From Monteverdi to John Adams

According to the tradition, the classical theater and opera has to deal with noble subjects. It has related for a long time schemes at court and adventures of antique emperors. Racine's and Handel's works are often about historical characters: for example, in The Coronation of Poppaea (Monteverdi) or Giulio Cesare (Handel). Later, Mozart composed The Clemency of Titus on the occasion of Leopold II of Bavaria's coronation. In those cases, the action is based less on the political situation than on intimate and specific plots.

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