The Nineteenth Century: France

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This is a commissioned survey designed by Oxford for the general reader: it covers opera and opéra-comique created in France between 1789 and 1889. It makes much use of contemporary letters and documents to allow the reader into the contexts of production and the tastes of the age. By way of anchoring value-judgements, the essay also sporadically pursues an argument concerning the development of expressive techniques related to 'outward' depictions (e.g. local colour) that should ideally match up with music expressing the 'inner' demands of characters depicted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Illustrated History of Opera
EditorsRoger Parker
Place of PublicationOxford etc.
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages46
ISBN (Print)0198162820
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • France, opera, nineteenth century

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