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Music and Theatre in France 1600-1680 (Hardback)
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Music and Theatre in France 1600-1680 (Hardback)

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Hardback 598 Pages / Published: 07/09/2000
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During the course of the 17th century, the dramatic arts reached a pinnacle of development in France; but despite the volumes devoted to the literature and theatre of the ancien regime, historians have largely neglected the importance of music and dance. This study defines the musical practices of comedy, tragicomedy, tragedy, and mythological and non-mythological pastoral drama, from the arrival of the first repertory companies in Paris until the establishment of the Comedie-Francaise. The dynamic interaction of the performing arts in primarily spoken theatre, cross-fertilized by ballet de cour and imported Italian opera, gave rise to a set of musical conventions that later informed the pastorale en musique and early French pastoral opera. The performance history of four comedies-ballets by Moliere, Lully, and Charpentier leads to a discussion of the musical and balletic performance practices of Moliere's theatre and the interconnections between Moliere's last comedie-ballet, Le Malade imaginaire, and Lully's first opera, Les Festes de l'Amour et de Bacchus.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198165996
Number of pages: 598
Weight: 1008 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 36 mm


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Music and Theatre in France 1600-1680 presents us with a new major work. It lays out for the first time in any language the fullest discussion of the interactions of music and theatre in seventeenth-century France and of the foundations of the French opera that developed in the second half of the century. It furthermore brings forward important issues in the English language for the first time. * Current Musicology *
One hopes that this worthy volume will serve as a basis for further research in the area and that, together with the work of groups such as the New Chamber Opera Ensemble and Les Arts Florissants, it will make the delights of early French lyric theatre available to modern audiences as well. * Julia Prest, Times Literary Supplement *

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