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Georges Bizet : Carmen - Susan McClary

Georges Bizet


Paperback Published: 7th September 1992
ISBN: 9780521398978
Number Of Pages: 176

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Bizet's Carmen is probably the best known opera of the standard repertoire, yet its very familiarity often prevents us from approaching it with the seriousness it deserves. This Handbook explores the opera in a number of contexts, bringing to the surface the controversies over gender, race, class and musical propriety. After a study of Merimee's story Carmen by Peter Robinson, Susan McClary examines the social tensions in nineteenth-century France that inform both that story and the opera, and traces the opera through its genesis and reception. The Handbook concludes with discussions of four films based on the opera. The volume contains a bibliography, music examples, and a synopsis and will be of interest to students, scholars, and operagoers.

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"The book is a welcome resource for language teachers who wish to introduce the discussion of other art forms into the French literature class." Fred L. Toner, The French Review

List of illustrations
Merimee's 'Carmen' Peter Robinson
The genesis of Bizet's Carmen
Images of race, class and gender in nineteenth-century French culture
The musical languages of Carmen
Synopsis and analysis
The reception of Carmen
Carmen on film
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ISBN: 9780521398978
ISBN-10: 0521398975
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 7th September 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.89  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.25