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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle : Wagnerism, Nationalism, and Style - Steven Huebner

French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Wagnerism, Nationalism, and Style

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This is a study of the rich operatic repertory written and performed in France during the last two decades of the 19th century. Steven Huebner offers an accessible and colourful account of such operatic favourites as "Manon" and "Werther" by Massenet, "Louise" by Charpentier, and lesser-known gems such as Chabrier's "Le Roi Malgr 'e Lui" and Chausson's "Le Roi Arthus". The text provides a survey of a repertory profoundly influenced by the music of Richard Wagner.

extremely informative about a period in French operatic history that has been relatively neglected in research. J. Girdham, Choice, Vol.37, No.11/12. `Exhaustive research into contemporary newspapers, letters and documents ... gives useful factual information about the vicissitudes, both artistic and commercial, undergone by the operas analysed. The wealth of musical examples is beautifully printed.' James Harding, BBC Music Magazine, February 2000 `Huebner's book is, without question, a major achievement ... the book's greatness lies in the fact that it makes you want to listen to familiar works with fresh ears, and re-examine the works of composers you may have passed over. Very highly recommended for all opera lovers, not just specialists.' Tim Ashley, Musical Times, Winter 1999,

List of Illustrations
List of Musical Examples
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Business and Politics of Opera in Fin-de-Siecle Parisp. 1
Jules Massenet
The Ascent of Massenetp. 25
Manonp. 45
Around an American Musep. 73
Esclarmondep. 82
Massenet at the Apexp. 102
Wertherp. 113
Thaisp. 135
Massenet Emasculatedp. 160
Ambivalent Wagnerians and Conservative Renewal
Ernest Reyer as Berliozianp. 169
Sigurdp. 178
Camille Saint-Saens, Gounod, and the Wagneriansp. 195
Saint-Saens on the Cuspp. 206
Henry VIIIp. 213
Edouard Lalo: Wagnerian malgre luip. 231
Le Roi d'Ysp. 235
Wagnerian Renewal
Emmanuel Chabrier: Wagnerian of the First Hourp. 255
Gwendolinep. 269
Le Roi malgre luip. 286
Vincent d'Indy and Moral Orderp. 301
The Franckiste as Wagner Criticp. 308
Fervaalp. 317
The Apotheosis of Ernest Chaussonp. 351
Le Roi Arthusp. 359
Realist Opera
Alfred Bruneau and Emile Zolap. 395
L'Attaque du moulinp. 412
Bohemian Montmartre, Anarchism, and Gustave Charpentierp. 426
Louisep. 436
Epilogue by Way of Pelleas et Melisandep. 468
Appendix, Plot Summariesp. 480
Selected Bibliographyp. 506
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9780198162803
ISBN-10: 0198162804
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.28