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Grétry and the Growth of Opéra-comique

Grétry and the Growth of Opéra-comique


  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521158817

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  • Originally published in 1986, this book is a major study in English on Grétry and opéra-comique. Opéra-comique is the operatic genre that lies behind The Magic Flute and Fidelio. David Charlton's important study examines the genre in the period before the French Revolution, considering the literary sources, performance conditions, contemporary aesthetic criteria and statistics which reveal the popularity of such works at that time. Dr Charlton takes Grétry, composer of some thirty-four opéras-comiques, and a fascinating personality of his day, as the central figure of his study, drawing on Grétry's extensive Mémoires and other writing, not available in English translation, for the biographical sections. Twenty-four of Grétry's opéras-comiques are given a chapter each, with plot summary, critical discussion, summary of different versions and history of performance in Paris. The book can thus be used as a reference tool or read as a comprehensive survey of opéra-comique between 1768 and 1791.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521158817
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Part I:
    1. Introduction
    2. Profile I: from Liège to Paris
    3. Le Huron
    4. Lucile
    5. Le tableau parlant
    6. Silvain
    7. Profile II: the popular composer
    8. Les deux avares
    9. L'amitié à Pépreuve, 2-act version
    10. L'ami de la maison
    11. The overture (1)
    12. Zémire te Azor
    Part II:
    13. Le Magnifique
    14. La Rosière de Salency
    15. The entr'acte (1)
    16. La fausse magie
    17. Les mariages sammites
    18. Profile III: at home and abroad
    19. Matroco
    20. Le jugement de Midas
    21. L'amant jaloux
    22. Les événements imprévus
    23. The overture (2)
    24. Aucassin et Nicolette
    25. Profile IV: Grétry at the Opéra
    26. Opéra-comique in the 1780s
    27. L'épruve villageoise
    28. Richard Coeur-de-lion
    29. L'amitié à Pépreuve, 3-act version
    30. Les méprises par ressemblance
    31. Le Comte d'Albert
    32. Confident rivals
    33. Raoul Barbe-bleue
    34. Pierre le Grand
    35. The entr'acte (2) and overture (3)
    36. Guillaume Tell: conclusions
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  • Author

    David Charlton, Royal Holloway, University of London

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