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Michael Hüttler, Hans Ernst Weidinger (eds.): Ottoman Empire and European Theatre. Vol. II: The Time of Joseph Haydn: From Sultan Mahmud I to Mahmud II (r.1730-1839), Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, 2014 (Ottomania 3), 736 pp., 24 x 17 cm, hardcover with dust jacket

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Michael Hüttler , Hans Ernst Weidinger

Ottoman Empire and European Theatre

Vol. II: The Time of Joseph Haydn: From Sultan Mahmud I to Mahmud II (r.1730-1839)

The Time of Joseph Haydn: From Sultan Mahmud I to Sultan Mahmud II (r.1730–1839), the second volume of Ottoman Empire and European Theatre, explores the relationship between Western playwrights, composers and visual artists of the eighteenth-century and Turkish-Ottoman culture, as well as the interest of Ottoman artists in European culture. Twenty-seven contributions by renowned experts shed light on the mutual influences that affected society and art for both Europeans and Ottomans. Successor to the first volume of the series, The Age of Mozart and Sultan Selim III (1756–1808), this book examines the compositions of Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) and his contemporaries along with events in the Ottoman political era during the time span from Sultan Mahmud I (b.1696, r.1730–1754) to Sultan Mahmud II (b.1785, r.1808–1839). Taking Haydn’s Türkenopern (‘Turkish operas’) Lo speziale (1768) and L’incontro improvviso (1775) as the departure point, the articles collected in this publication reflect the growth of research in the area of cultural transfers between the Ottoman Empire and non-Ottoman Europe, as expressed in theatre, music and the visual arts.

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Michael Hüttler (Vienna) and Hans Ernst Weidinger (Vienna/Florence): Editorial Forewords


Prologue: Politics

Mehmet Alaaddin Yalçınkaya (Trabzon): The Recruitment of European Experts for Service in the Ottoman Empire (1732–1808)

Bertrand Michael Buchmann (Vienna): Austria and the Ottoman Empire between 1765 and 1815


Act I: Fashion and Diplomacy

Annemarie Bönsch (Vienna): From Aristocratic to Bourgeois Fashion in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century

Suna Suner (Vienna): Of Messengers, Messages and Memoirs: Opera and the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Envoys and Their Sefâretnâmes

Çetin Sarıkartal (Istanbul): Two Turkish-Language Plays Written by Europeans at the Academy of Oriental Languages in Vienna During the Age of Haydn


Intermezzo I

Walter Puchner (Athens): Karagöz and the History of Ottoman Shadow Theatre in the Balkans from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries: Diffusion, Functions and Assimilations


Act II: Books in and about the Ottoman Empire

Orlin Sabev (Orhan Salih, Sofia): European Printers in Istanbul During Joseph Haydns's Era: İbrahim Müteferrika and Others

Geoffrey Roper (London): Music, Drama and Orientalism in Print: Joseph von Kurzböck (1736–1792), His Predecessors and Contemporaries

Reinhard Buchberger (Vienna): The Austro-Turkish War of 1788–1791 as Reflected in the Library of the Viennese Bibliophile Max von Portheim


Intermezzo II

Käthe Springer-Dissmann (Vienna): Did Mozart Drive a ‘Haydn’? Cartwrights, Carriages and the Postal System in the Austrian-Hungarian Border Area up to the Eighteenth Century


Act III: The Esterház Stage

Larry Wolff (New York): Turkish Travesty in European Opera: Haydn’s Lo speziale (1768)

Caryl Clark (Toronto): Encountering ‘Others’ in Haydn’s Lo speziale (1768)

Necla Çıkıgil (Ankara): Haydn’s Humour Reflected in Lo speziale (1768) and L’incontro improvviso (1775)

Matthew Head (London): Interpreting ‘Abduction’ Opera: Haydn’s L’incontro improvviso, Sovereignty and the Esterház Festival of 1775


Intermezzo III

Clemens Zoidl (Vienna): A Royals’ Journey in 1775: The Vienna Official Press Review


Act IV: The French Influence

Daniel Winkler (Vienna): Crusaders, Love and Tolerance: Tragic and Operatic Taste in and Around Voltaire’s Zaïre (1732)

Hans-Peter Kellner (Copenhagen): The Sultan of Denmark: Voltaire’s Zaïre and King Christian VII (r.1766–1808) – Madness and Enlightenment

Bent Holm (Copenhagen): Occidental Portraits in Oriental Mirrors: The Ruler Image in the Eighteenth-Century Türkenoper and Gluck’s iLa Rencontre Imprévue

Isabelle Moindrot (Tours): Tamerlan: A ‘Turkish’ Opera by Peter von Winter for the Paris Opera (1802)


Intermezzo IV

Netice Yıldız (North Cyprus): Turkish Britons and Ottoman Turks in England During the Eighteenth Century


Act V: The Ottoman Stage

Günsel Renda (Istanbul): Westernisms and Ottoman Visual Culture: Wall Paintings

Caroline Herfert (Vienna): Selim III and Mahmud II in the Limelight: Imparting Knowledge on the Ottoman Empire from the Perspective of the ‘Viennese Turk’ Murad Efendi (1836–1881)

Emre Aracı (London): “Each Villa on the Bosphorus Looks a Screen | New Painted, Or a Pretty Opera Scene”: Mahmud II (r.1808–1839) Setting the Ottoman Stage for Italian Opera and Viennese Music

Adam Mestyan (Cambridge/MA): SOund, Military Music, and Opera in Egypt during the Rule of Mehmet Ali Pasha (r.1805–1848)



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