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Gretry and the Growth of Opera-comique - David Charlton

Gretry and the Growth of Opera-comique

Paperback Published: 21st July 2011
ISBN: 9780521158817
Number Of Pages: 384

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Originally published in 1986, this book is a major study in English on Gretry and opera-comique. Opera-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 Gretry, composer of some thirty-four operas-comiques, and a fascinating personality of his day, as the central figure of his study, drawing on Gretry's extensive Memoires and other writing, not available in English translation, for the biographical sections. Twenty-four of Gretry's operas-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 opera-comique between 1768 and 1791.

List of illustrations
Profile I: from Lige to Paris
Le Huron
Le tableau parlant
Profile II: the popular composer
Les deux avares
L'amiti© ... P©preuve, 2-act version
L'ami de la maison
The overture (1)
Z©mire te Azor
Le Magnifique
La Rosire de Salency
The entr'acte (1)
La fausse magie
Les mariages sammites
Profile III: at home and abroad
Le jugement de Midas
L'amant jaloux
Les ©v©nements impr©vus
The overture (2)
Aucassin et Nicolette
Profile IV: Gr©try at the Op©ra
Op©ra-comique in the 1780s
L'©pruve villageoise
Richard Caeur-de-lion
L'amiti© ... P©preuve, 3-act version
Les m©prises par ressemblance
Le Comte d'Albert
Confident rivals
Raoul Barbe-bleue
Pierre le Grand
The entr'acte (2) and overture (3)
Guillaume Tell: conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521158817
ISBN-10: 0521158818
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 21st July 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56