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Speculum musicae (SMUS 15)

The Opéra-comique in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

L. Frassà (ed.)
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IX+394 p., 210 x 270 mm, 2011
ISBN: 978-2-503-52781-9
Languages: English, French
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The subject of this book, edited by Lorenzo Frassà, is the Opéra-comique as an art form, compositional genre, institution and production process. The volume will consist of a close examination of the genre of the Opéra-comique and the great masterpieces and artists who have sustained this form of musical theatre and prevented it from falling into oblivion. The freedom given to authors in selecting the subject of their contribution has made it possible to bring together subjects that appear disparate, but which are in fact complementary and indispensable to all who wish to investigate the Opéra-comique’s varying facets, and also receive a comprehensive overview. The collection of essays encompasses the heterogeneous world of institutions, traditions, works and composers that can be assimilated into the frame of “Opéra-comique”.

Table of Contents


Olivier Bara, Influence et détournement du mélodrame dans le livret d’opéra-comique, des lendemains de la Révolution à la Restauration – Jean-Christophe Branger, 'Le Portrait de Manon' de Massenet ou les miroirs du passé – David Charlton, Sight Meets Sound: Fifty Years of Musical Scenography at the Opéra-Comique – Alexandre Dratwicki, 'Zampa' ou l’opéra-comique selon Hérold… – Mark Everist, Between Opéra-Comique and Opéra-National: Scribe, Vaëz and Boisselot c1850 – Vincent Giroud, Gounod and 'opéra-comique' – Arnold Jacobshagen, A National Genre in an International Context: 'Opéra-comique' in Nineteenth-Century Europe – Hervé Lacombe, L’opéra-comique au xixe siècle: Un genre défini par sa législation – Raphaëlle Legrand, Rameau parodié dans les opéras-comiques: la notion d’auteur au risque du vaudeville – Jean-Sébastien Macke, Représenter le réel à l’opéra: artifices naturalistes Alfred Bruneau et Emile Zola (1891-1893) – Michela Niccolai, Albert Carré et le projet du théâtre lyrique populaire (1904) – Danièle Pistone, Contribution a la titrologie scenique parisienne: les appellations génériques au théâtre de l’Opéra-Comique de 1762 à 1972 – Bertrand Porot, Aux origines de l’opéra-comique: étude musicale du 'Théâtre de la Foire' de Lesage et d’Orneval (1713-1734) – Laure Schnapper, Opéra-comique et variations pianistiques en France sous la Monarchie de juillet – Lesley A. Wright, The Directors of the Opéra-Comique (1870-1900): Responsibility and Opportunity


Index of Names

"A valuable contribution to the study of the Opéra-Comique, this volume is highly recommended for those interested in French music and culture of this period." (G. Vlastos, in: Fontes Artis Musicae, 59/1, 2012, p. 65-67)
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Romantic & recent periods (since c. 1800)

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