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Mozart's GhostsHaunting the Halls of Musical Culture$
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Mark Everist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.001.0001

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Phantoms of the Opera

Phantoms of the Opera

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(p.24) (p.25) {2} Phantoms of the Opera
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Mozart's Ghosts
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Mark Everist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.003.0002

Gaston Leroux's Le fantôme de l’Opéra (1912) dramatizes the newly-built Palais Garnier as the backdrop to one of the best-known operatic stories of all time. While the diegetic musical emphases in his text centre on Gounod's Faust, there is a subtext that requires the association of Eric (le fantôme) with Mozart: the composition of a Requiem, a mass to celebrate his wedding and a work called Don Juan Triumphant. This Mozartian element is maintained and enhanced in the silent films of the 1920s but is entirely effaced in later cinematographic and mega-musical presentations of the story.

Keywords:   Leroux, Le fantôme de l’Opéra, Gounod, Mozart, Faust, Requiem, Mass in C minor, Silent film

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