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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle
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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Abstract

This book explores the history of late-19th century French opera through thirteen of the most important and frequently performed works of that repertory. The main aesthetic and historical problem addressed is that of the reconciliation of Richard Wagner's influence with French operatic tradition and national identity as expressed in aesthetic terms. The choice of operas by Jules Massenet, Ernest Reyer, Camille Saint-Saëns, Édouard Lalo, Emmanuel Chabrier, Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Chausson, Alfred Bruneau, and Gustave Charpentier is conditioned by Wagner's death in 1883: all were either first per ... More

Keywords: French opera, Wagner, operatic style, French nationalism, Opéra, Opéra Comique, Massenet, Reyer, Saint-Saëns, Lalo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Huebner, author
McGill University

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