"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 remedy of shape, his improvement of scenic complexes and larger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut realization to all features of presentation and construction, all of which set new criteria in Romantic opera and dramaturgy. This publication consists of ahead the method of rediscovery and reassessment of Meyerbeer?s paintings ?including not only his well-known French operas, but additionally his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his whole dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental track. From Meyerbeer?s first level presentation in 1810 to his nice posthumous accolade in 1865, a few 24 works mark the unfolding of this existence lived for dramatic song. The popularity of the well-known 4 grand operas might survive within the public awareness, however the different works stay mostly unknown. This ebook offers an approachable advent to them. The works were divided into their customary kinds for speedy reference and priceless organization, and put in the context of the composer?s lifestyles and creative improvement. each one part unfolds a quick historical past of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a severe survey of a few of its musical features, and a list of its functionality background. Robert Letellier examines every one paintings from a dramaturgical view aspect, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and old parts within the situations, and the way those suggestions have been translated musically onto the level. a sequence of photographs and level iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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