"An Introduction to the Dramatic Works of Giacomo Meyerbeer: by Robert Ignatius Letellier

By Robert Ignatius Letellier

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) was once a very good musical dramatist in his personal correct. the celebrity of his operas rests on his radical therapy of shape, his improvement of scenic complexes and bigger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut realization to all elements of presentation and creation, all of which set new criteria in Romantic opera and dramaturgy. This ebook consists of ahead the method of rediscovery and reassessment of Meyerbeer?s artwork ?including not only his recognized French operas, but additionally his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his complete dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental song. From Meyerbeer?s first degree presentation in 1810 to his nice posthumous accolade in 1865, a few 24 works mark the unfolding of this lifestyles lived for dramatic track. The recognition of the recognized 4 grand operas may perhaps continue to exist within the public realization, however the different works stay principally unknown. This publication presents an approachable advent to them. The works were divided into their typical varieties for fast reference and worthy organization, and put in the context of the composer?s lifestyles and creative improvement. each one part unfolds a short heritage of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a serious survey of a few of its musical features, and a checklist of its functionality historical past. Robert Letellier examines each one paintings from a dramaturgical view element, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and ancient components within the eventualities, and the way those recommendations have been translated musically onto the level. a chain of photographs and degree iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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