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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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The Apotheosis of Ernest Chausson

The Apotheosis of Ernest Chausson

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(p.351) 22 The Apotheosis of Ernest Chausson
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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle
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Steven Huebner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0023

This chapter focuses on Ernest Chausson's opera, Le Roi Arthus. Nineteenth-century musical works invite biographical readings to varying degrees, depending on professional and critical context, and/or whatever traces of compositional intent are discernible. It is argued that the tone of Le Roi Arthus has triggered such connections partly because of its première on 30 November 1903 in Brussels, four years after Chausson's premature death in a freak bicycle accident at age 44.

Keywords:   Le Roi Arthus, French opera, Wagner, bicycle accident

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