Examines a specifically French set of responses to the classical processes of symphonic and motivic development typical of the Viennese symphonies that, through Haydn's works, Paris had come to know before the Revolution. Méhul's motivic procedures in piano sonatas of 1788 are demonstrated, and then the way that such concerns were transferred to the orchestra in opera. The article starts with evidence from 1810 that audiences had become attuned to Méhul's employment of the orchestra as a 'main character'. In 1790 Méhul's break-through came in 'Euphrosine', where the duet 'Gardez-vous de la jalousie' uses and develops a motif earlier identified with Coradin's jealousy. Close analysis suggests five different modes of meaning attaching to these procedures.
|Number of pages
|Music and Letters
|Published - 1976
- Paris, eighteenth century, opera, musical motif, development, Méhul