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Ballet Under Napoleon - Ivor Guest

Ballet Under Napoleon

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9781852730826
Number Of Pages: 579

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With the publication of this title, Dr Guest completes his massive survey of ballet in France from 1770 to 1870. This volume covers the period from 1793 to 1819, the time of such luminaries as Gardel, Milon, Vestris, Duport and Bigottini. The period has often been dismissed as an interlude of decadence before the flowering of the romantic ballet, but as Dr. Guest reveals in this account, it was in fact a period of great significance in the development of ballet as a major theatre art.

Introductionp. 1
Surviving the Terrorp. 5
A Still-Born Republican Balletp. 24
Rays of Hope in Difficult Timesp. 33
The Shifting Balance of Powerp. 43
Milon Passes his Testp. 62
La Dansomaniep. 73
Milon in the Ascendantp. 91
Three Young Dancers: Two Losses and a Gainp. 106
Dauberval and Noverre Revivedp. 122
The Rise of Louis Duportp. 141
Achille a Scyrosp. 157
Duport in the Ascendantp. 179
Louis Henry Stakes his Claimp. 191
Duport's Figarop. 205
Two Choreographers and a Single Subjectp. 221
Mlle Aubry's Fallp. 238
Louis Henry Flies the Nestp. 253
Tales of Ancient Romep. 263
The Perfection Classp. 281
Comings and Goings of Menp. 285
An Angry Mars and a Forgiving Alexanderp. 296
Claques, Debuts and Imperial Tributep. 306
L'Enlevement des Sabinesp. 323
L'Enfant Prodiguep. 334
Dancing to the Fall of the Empirep. 346
Napoleon Falls, and Congress Dancesp. 366
Didelot Breaks Throughp. 381
Flore et Zephirep. 398
Louis Henry as Hamlet and Samsonp. 414
Le Carnaval de Venisep. 425
The Duke and the Opera-Girlp. 435
Problems with Proserpinep. 443
A Flurry of Farewellsp. 455
The Last Nightp. 466
Farewell to the Masterp. 475
Ballets created at the Paris Opera, December 1793-February 1820p. 484
Opera divertissements produced at the Paris Opera, 1794-1819p. 491
Principal dancers at the Paris Opera, 1793-1820p. 494
Ballets performed at the Theatre de la Porte-Saint-Martin, 1802-19p. 497
Ballets given at other Paris theatres, 1794-1819p. 498
Ballets produced by Pierre Gardel for operas presented at the Imperial court, 1809-11p. 499
Identified borrowings from Haydn in ballet scores of the Paris Opera, 1793-1819p. 500
Bibliographyp. 501
Indexp. 512
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ISBN: 9781852730826
ISBN-10: 185273082X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 579
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.06