French Opera 1730-1830: Meaning and Media

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Three of the fourteen chapters consist of newly written material expanded from much shorter essays: 'Continuing Polarities: Opera Theory and opéra-comique'; '"Envoicing" the Orchestra: Enlightenment Metaphors in Theory and Practice'; and 'Storms, Sacrifices: the "Melodrama Model" in Opera. Earlier essays are reprinted without alteration, and entitled as follows: 'The "romance" and Its Cognates: Narrative, Irony and "vraisemblance" in Early opéra-comique' (1997); 'Orchestra and Chorus at the Comédie-Italienne (Opéra-Comique), 1755-1799' (1985); 'The Overture to Philidor's "Le Bûcheron" (1763) (1996); '"Minuet-scenes" in Early opéra-comique' (1999); 'Motive and Motif: Méhul before 1791' (1976); 'Motif and Recollection in Four Operas of Dalayrac' (1978); 'The French Theatrical Origins of "Fidelio"' (1996); 'Ossian, Le Sueur and Opera' (1977); 'The Dramaturgy of "Grand Opera": Some Origins' (1987); 'On the Naure of "Grand Opera"' (1988); 'A "maître d'orchestra...conducts": New and Old Evidence on French Practice' (1993). The volume concludes with some 'Addenda et Corrigenda'.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAldershot
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages386
ISBN (Print)0860787826
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameVariorum Collected Studies Series
ISSN (Print)1727-1047


  • Music, French opera, theory, dramaturgy, theatre history

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