French Grand Opera and the Historical Imagination Sarah Hibberd

ISBN: 9780521184267

Published: February 17th 2011

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294 pages


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French Grand Opera and the Historical Imagination  by  Sarah Hibberd

French Grand Opera and the Historical Imagination by Sarah Hibberd
February 17th 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 294 pages | ISBN: 9780521184267 | 9.31 Mb

During the July Monarchy, French grand operas, with their plots drawn from historical events, tended to be received as metaphors for current political themes. Previous studies have usually underestimated the role of music and the visual dimensions inMoreDuring the July Monarchy, French grand operas, with their plots drawn from historical events, tended to be received as metaphors for current political themes.

Previous studies have usually underestimated the role of music and the visual dimensions in articulating an alternative message to that offered by the libretto, and have instead focused on single political interpretations. In this study, five operas Aubers La Muette de Portici and Gustave III, Niedermeyers Stradella, Halevys Charles VI and Meyerbeers Le Prophete illustrate the complex, contested nature of political meaning during this period.

By setting these operas in the context of the emerging liberal historiography pioneered by Jules Michelet, and analysing the manner in which audiences and critics constructed meanings with reference to their personal and collective experience and memories, this study reveals the central position that grand opera occupied in the period, bringing the past alive.



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