Opera in the Age of Rousseau PDF (Adobe DRM) download by David Charlton

Opera in the Age of Rousseau

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: October 2012
ISBN: 9781139786065
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Historians of French politics, art, philosophy and literature have long known the tensions and fascinations of Louis XV's reign, the 1750s in particular. David Charlton's study comprehensively re-examines this period, from Rameau to Gluck and elucidates the long-term issues surrounding opera. Taking Rousseau's Le Devin du Village as one narrative centrepiece, Charlton investigates this opera's origins and influences in the 1740s and goes on to use past and present research to create a new structural model that explains the elements of reform in Gluck's tragÈdies for Paris. Charlton's book opens many new perspectives on the musical practices and politics of the period, including the Querelle des Bouffons. It gives the first detailed account of intermezzi and opere buffe performed by Eustachio Bambini's troupe at the Paris OpÈra from August 1752 to February 1754 and discusses Rameau's comedies PlatÈe and Les Paladins and their origins.
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