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Aesthetics of opera in the Ancien Régime, 1647-1785

Author: Downing A. Thomas. ; Downing A Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Series: Cambridge studies in opera.
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"This is the first study to recognize the broad impact of opera in early-modern French culture. Downing A. Thomas considers the use of operatic spectacle and music by Louis XlV as a vehicle for absolutism, the resistance of music to the aesthetic and political agendas of the time, and the long-term development of opera in eighteenth-century humanist culture. He argues that French opera moved away from the politics  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Downing A. Thomas. ; Downing A Thomas
ISBN: 0521801885 9780521801881
OCLC Number: 49530155
Description: viii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 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 --
pt. 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.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in opera.
Responsibility: Downing A. Thomas.
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