Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Regime, 1647-1785

Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Regime, 1647-1785

by Downing A. Thomas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521100976

ISBN-13: 9780521100977

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first study to recognize the wider picture of opera within early-modern French culture. Downing Thomas considers the place of music within a cultural environment—the employment of music by Louis XIV as a symbol of absolutism; the use of music as a statement against the monarchy; and the long-term development of opera as a reflection of humanism.

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This is the first study to recognize the wider picture of opera within early-modern French culture. Downing Thomas considers the place of music within a cultural environment—the employment of music by Louis XIV as a symbol of absolutism; the use of music as a statement against the monarchy; and the long-term development of opera as a reflection of humanism. Thomas examines key works by Lully, Rameau, and Charpentier, among others, and extends his reach from the late seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521100977
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of 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 Opéra-Comique; 8. Architectural visions of lyric theater and spectatorship; 9. Opera and common sense: Lacépède's Poetique de la musique; Conclusions; Works Cited; Index.

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