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L'Art de dire, or Language in Performance

Katherine Bergeron

in Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195337051
eISBN:
9780199864201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The singers and actors of the Belle Epoque are the focus of this chapter, which investigates the French art of diction in theatrical and musical performances circa 1900. The survey of performance ... More


Debussy's Ideal Pelléas and the Limits of Authorial Intent

David Grayson

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The role of Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is problematic, both vocally and dramatically. André Messager, the conductor at the première, described the challenge of its tessitura: “The part ... More


Mélisande's Charm and the Truth of Her Music

Jann Pasler

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is often considered radically new. But whereas scholars have shown how this work should be understood in relation to Wagner or Symbolist theater, this chapter situates ... More


Music as Encoder of the Unconscious in Pelléas et Mélisande

Elliott Antokoletz

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter shows how Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande transforms the harmonic structures of the traditional major/minor scale system into a new musical language, and how this language reflects the ... More


“Aimer ainsi”: Rekindling the Lamp in Pelléas

Richard Langham Smith

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Recent productions of Pelléas et Mélisande have often used current strategies in interventionist “subsequent” or “afterlife” interpretations, terms emanating from Jonathan Miller's book Subsequent ... More


Epilogue by Way of Pelléas et Mélisande

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0029
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of Stéphane Mallarmé's essay/prose poem, ‘Richard Wagner: RÊverie d'un poète français’. Mallarmé's essay resonates with his own thinking as well as ... More


“Destiny Should Allow Me to Finish It”: The Problems Involved in the Reconstruction and Orchestration of The Fall of the House of Usher (1908–1917)

Robert Orledge

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755639
eISBN:
9780199894932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Although destiny was a concept more usually associated with Maeterlinck and Pelléas et Mélisande, it was still very much in Debussy's mind as he struggled to finish La chute de la Maison Usher in ... More


The First Modernist

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249776
eISBN:
9780520942790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0030
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter discusses the first twentieth-century composer Claude Debussy, the man with whom modern music begins. This chapter includes roughly a quarter of Debussy's surviving correspondence. Prior ... More


French Opera: A Short History

Vincent Giroud

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117653
eISBN:
9780300168211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

French opera is second only to Italian opera in the length, breadth, and diversity of its history. Yet most people, if asked to come up with titles, could mention only a handful—Carmen, Faust, ... More


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