Le Matériel musical de l'opéra-comique

Translated title of the contribution: The musical materials of opéra-comique

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Identifies and defines crucial aspects of musical forms and conventions in the first stages of the development of opéra-comique following the influence of Italian intermezzi and comic operas in 1752-54. In particular, the concept and nature of an 'ariette' are shown to be wholly redefined at this juncture, now including the possibility of two or more voices and also stage action. The relation of sonata form to the 'dialogue duet' in Rousseau's formulation is explained; also the exploration of extended non-symmetrical forms by Gossec and others. Finally the links between Romance form and narrative texts are outlines.
Translated title of the contributionThe musical materials of opéra-comique
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationL'Invention des genres lyriques français et leur redécouverte au XIXe siècle
EditorsAgnès Terrier, Alexandre Dratwicki
Place of PublicationLyon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-2-914373-65-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePerpetuum mobile
ISSN (Print)1965-0299


  • Opéra-comique, France, genre, musical convention, theatre history

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