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The Age of Grand Opéra

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/9780300117653.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines the history of French opera during the age of Grand Opéra. It explains that the period from 1825 to 1870 era was a golden age for opera in general and French opera in ... More


The Musical Revolutions of Marie Antoinette

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 3 offers a broad, archivally based reassessment of Marie Antoinette’s musical patronage. In the domain of serious opera, the queen’s interventions are well known: her support for Gluck’s ... More


The Dragon Cart: The Femme Fatale in Seventeenth-Century French Opera

Susan Mcclary

in Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520247345
eISBN:
9780520952065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247345.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Of all seventeenth-century cultural environments, the court of Louis XIV would seem the most concerned with dictating the terms of social and artistic order. Yet some of the most notable instances of ... More


The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Julia Doe

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Lyric theater in ancien régime France was an eminently political art, tied to the demands of court spectacle. Tragic opera (tragédie lyrique) was invented under the auspices of monarchy, and ... More


Opéra Comique and the Legacy of Colbert

Julia Doe

in The Comedians of the King: "Opéra Comique" and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780226743257
eISBN:
9780226743394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226743394.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

Chapter 1 outlines the circumstances that compelled the Bourbon monarchy to elevate opéra comique into an “official” art, exploring the causes of the 1762 merger and untangling its consequences for ... More


Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music

Susan McClary

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520247345
eISBN:
9780520952065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247345.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In this book, Susan McClary examines the mechanisms through which seventeenth-century musicians simulated extreme affective states—desire, divine rapture, and ecstatic pleasure. She demonstrates how ... More


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