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Music in the Eighteenth Century is an excellent textbook that provides a solid backbone for a class on the Classical period. The textbook will keep students engaged and entertained by moving from one exciting location to another and by exploring how musical works were produced not by geniuses working in a creative vacuum, but rather by people in specific places interacting with specific social, political, and cultural conditions. Martin Nedbal, College Music Symposium

Students lucky enough to learn from Rice's book will gain a broad, rich, and nuanced view of the eighteenth-century musical world.  Margaret Butler,  Journal of Music History Pedagogy




Essays on Opera, 1750–1800, edited by John A. Rice (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), vol. 3 in the series The Ashgate Library of Essays in Opera Studies, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, series editor

There is much here to stimulate and enhance the enjoyment of the thoughtful opera-goer, while at the same time there is much food for thought for performers, and above all producers. Opera








Highly recommended.  J. Michele Edwards, Choice

Das Buch bietet einen hervorragenden Zugang zum Schaffen Marianna Martines', und die vielen Notenbeispiele mach Lust darauf, diese Musik zu hören – man kann nur hoffen, dass das Buch Aufführungen und Einspielungen befördert!   Geza Finke, Jahrbuch Musik und Gender

The captivating tale of an accomplished musician.  Christopher Wiley,  Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies







Mozart on the Stage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)


John A. Rice's book provides a superb, engrossing view of the theatrical business in eighteenth-century Germany and Italy, and the ways in which Mozart shaped and was shaped by it. Judith Malafronte, Opera News

With its expert handling of evidence of all kinds, Rice's study must count as the best portrait yet of Mozart as a man of the theatre, sharply and convincingly drawn.  Ian Woodfield,  Eighteenth-Century Music


Review by Stefano Aresi, in Drammaturgia musicale 4 (2010), 100–103





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A wonderful reconstruction of not just a lost piece of splendid eighteenth-century garden architecture, but also of the cultural world that celebrated its construction and of the later decline of both the garden and its cultural milieu.  



Daniel Heartz, From Garrick to Gluck: Essays on Opera in the Age of Enlightenment, edited by John A. Rice (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon, 2004)


Those of us who have read and benefited from Daniel Heartz's widely scattered publications of these thirty-five years will be delighted to have so many of them conveniently gathered in a single volume; those newer to the field will surely continue to find stimulation, as well as information, in them for a good while to come.  Julian Rushton, Music & Letters









A model study of an enchanting subject.  Patricia Howard, Musical Times

One cannot help but stand in awe of the scholarship presented in this volume.  Caryl Clark,  Journal of the American Musicological Society

Consistently engrossing... this scholarly and very enjoyable book represents musical publishing at its best. Tim Blanning, Beethoven Forum

Chapter 10 ("Joseph Haydn and Beethoven between Court and Nobility") reprinted in Music and Patronage, ed. Paul A. Merkley (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012).





A magnificent study of the complex musical and social circles that flourished at the court of Emperor Joseph II... Rice's book masterfully interweaves three strands of scholarship: biographical information, an overview of the traditions and conventions of Viennese opera during the latter half of the century, and a close examination of several of Salieri's own operas.  Larry A. Lipkis, Library Journal 

Undergraduates and "lay" readers interested in the bigger picture of the period will find Rice's clearly written and impeccably organized book not only a welcome antidote to the popular image of Salieri as the Anti-Mozart, but also a trove of vivid anecdote and detail about Vienna in the latter part of the century.   Mary Hunter, Journal of the Royal Musical Association 

Rice's descriptions of selected operas, with their entertaining plot summaries and perceptive comments on salient details (including the influence of singers on the music, about which he has a great deal to say), have an immediacy that is bound to encourage wider performance of the repertory.  Dorothea Link, Notes





Must now be regarded as essential reading. Notes

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