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Sovereignty and Government in the Tragédie en musique

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This introductory chapter sets out a theoretical framework for understanding political representation in French opera during the ancien régime (1670s-1780s). It focuses on the genre of the tragédie ... More


The Politics of Glory: Angelic Citizenship and the Contemplative Chorus

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines glorification choruses in tragédie en musique prologues and divertissements, and asks why they were so ubiquitous in this semi-official opera genre. It builds on Giorgio ... More


The Age of Rameau

Vincent Giroud

in French Opera: A Short History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117653
eISBN:
9780300168211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117653.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the evolution of French opera under the Régence, explaining that while the basic structure of the tragédie en musique remained unchanged, it gradually accommodated vocal forms ... More


Spectral Kingdoms: Poetics and Politics of Les Enfers

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses the conventional setting of the pagan underworld ("les enfers") in tragédies en musique and explores its poetics and political significance. It finds that French librettists ... More


Dance in Lully’s Alceste

Jennifer Thorp

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the importance of dance in tragédie-en-musique, a genre of opera which dominated the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique (commonly known as the Paris Opéra) in the ... More


True Confessions: Opera’s Theater of Guilt and Remorse

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses confessional scenes in eighteenth-century tragédies en musique, in which characters reflect introspectively on their own moral responsibility and guilt. It focuses on the ... More


Choral Lament and the Mourning Public

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on the collective nature of ancien régime mourning as this was imagined in the choral laments and fictional onstage funerals in tragédies en musique. It begins by contextualizing ... More


The Tormenting Orchestra

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses scenes of supernatural punishment that foreground the dramatic power of the eighteenth-century opera orchestra. It argues that instrumental music increasingly represented the ... More


Pluto, the Underworld King

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter looks at the political characterization of the god Pluto in underworld acts of French tragédies en musique and related genres. It begins with an overview of conventions for representing ... More


Conclusion: A Theater of Precarity

Olivia Bloechl

in Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226522753
eISBN:
9780226522890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522890.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter proposes that French opera aestheticized the precarity of political life under absolutism in ways that were enjoyable to audiences. For courtiers and members of the Parisian ... More


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