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Don Quijote's Sally into the World of Opera

Libretti between 1680 and 1976


Barbara Esquival-Heinemann

The fascinating character of Don Quijote has intrigued readers and literary critics throughout the centuries. Yet, the windmill-fighting knight and his jolly squire, Sancho Panza, had an even greater impact on the world of music and particularly opera. This book examines the history of Don Quijote in opera from the 17th century to our times. It offers great insight into the reception of this literary work via operatic interpretations in major European countries. It also shows how an important literary work influenced the development and evolution of certain forms of opera.