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Aesthetics of opera in the Ancien Régime, 1647-1785

Author: Downing A Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002.
Series: Cambridge Studies in Opera.
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Thomas considers the use of operatic spectacle and music by Louis XIV as a vehicle for absolutism; the resistance of music to the aesthetic and political agendas of the time; and the long-term  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Downing A Thomas
ISBN: 0521801885 9780521801881
OCLC Number: 1019978690
Description: VIII, 411 s. : il., nuty ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction; Part I. French Opera in the Shadow of Tragedy: 1. Song as performance and the emergence of French opera; 2. The opera king; 3. The ascendance of music and the disintegration of the hero in Armide; 4. The disruption of poetics I: Medee's excessive voice; 5. The disruption of poetics II: Hippolyte et Aricie and the reinvention of tragedy; Part II: Opera and Enlightenment: From Private Sensation to Public Feeling: 6. Heart strings; 7. Music, sympathy, and identification at the Opera-Comique; 8. Architectural visions of lyric theater and spectatorship; 9. Opera and common sense: Lacepede's Poetique de la musique; Conclusions; Works Cited; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Opera.
Responsibility: Downing A. Thomas.


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