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Camille Saint-SaënsOn Music and Musicians$
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Roger Nichols

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.001.0001

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(Ecole buissonnière, Pierre Lafitte, 1913, 277–300)

(p.59) 12 Meyerbeer
Camille Saint-Saëns

Roger Nichols

Oxford University Press

Meyerbeer was a figure who once dominated all the opera houses of Europe during his brilliant reign. Now it's a competition, this chapter notes, to see who can give the dying lion the well-known kick. The discussion here offers a defense of Meyerbeer, while not trying to hide the faults of the composer of Les Huguenots. The most serious of these, and at the same time the most easily excusable, is his carelessness over prosody and his indifference towards the verses given to him — an excusable fault because the French school of his time, forgetting its ancient traditions, provided him with models.

Keywords:   Europe, opera, Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots, composer

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