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The musical world of Marie-Antionette : opera and ballet in 18th century Paris and Versailles

Title
The musical world of Marie-Antionette : opera and ballet in 18th century Paris and Versailles / Barrington James.
ISBN
9781476684369
1476684367
9781476642024
Publication
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2021]
Physical Description
vii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary
"For decades, 18th century Paris had been declining into a baroque backwater. Spectacles at the opera, once considered fit for a king, had become "hell for the ears," wrote playwright Carlos Goldoni. Then, in 1774, with the crowning of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Paris became one of the world's most vibrant musical centers. Austrian composer Christophe-Willibald Gluck, protege of the queen, introduced a new kind of tragic opera--dramatic, human and closer to nature. The expressive pantomime known as ballet d'action, forerunner of the modern ballet, replaced stately court dancing. Along the boulevards, people whistled lighter tunes from the Italian opera, where the queen's favorite composer, Andre Modeste Gretry, ruled supreme. This book recounts Gluck's remaking of the grand operatic tragedy--long symbolic of absolute monarchy--and the vehement quarrels between those who embraced reform and those who preferred familiar baroque tunes or the sweeter melodies of Italy. The turmoil was an important element in the ferment that led to the French Revolution and the beheading of the queen"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 13, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-251) and index.
Contents
A Country Ripe for Change
Christoph Willibald Gluck and the Quest for Drama
"Simplicity, Truth, and Naturalness"
The Baroness and the Broken Old Songbird
Niccolò Piccinni
Iphigénie en Champagne
A Star Is Born: Madame Saint-Huberty
Mozart
Antonio Salieri
Tragédie Lyrique
The Entrepreneur
Ballet and the Art of Gesture
Marie-Madeleine Guimard
Concerts
Opéra Comique
Marguerite Montansier
André-Modeste Grétry
Jean-Nicolas Bouilly
The Opéra in the 1780s
Antonio Sacchini
Figaro and Tarare
The Show Goes On
Religion and Revolution
Tragic Epilogue.
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