New PDF release: Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle

By Marian Smith

ISBN-10: 0691049947

ISBN-13: 9780691049946

Marian Smith recaptures a wealthy interval in French musical theater whilst ballet and opera have been in detail hooked up. targeting the age of Giselle on the Paris Opéra (from the 1830s in the course of the 1840s), Smith deals an unparalleled examine the structural and thematic courting among the 2 genres. She argues deeper knowing of either ballet and opera--and of nineteenth-century theater-going tradition in general--may be received via studying them in the comparable framework rather than following the standard perform of telling their histories individually. This handsomely illustrated ebook eventually presents a brand new portrait of the Opéra in the course of a interval lengthy celebrated for its box-office successes in either genres.

Smith starts through exhibiting how gestures have been encoded within the musical language that composers utilized in ballet and in opera. She strikes directly to a variety of issues, together with the connection among the gestures of the singers and the hobbies of the dancers, and the excellence among dance that represents dancing (entertainment staged in the tale of the opera) and dance that represents motion. Smith keeps that ballet-pantomime and opera endured to depend upon one another good into the 19th century, at the same time they thrived independently. The "divorce" among the 2 arts happened bit by bit, and will be traced via not going resources: controversies within the press concerning the altering nature of ballet-pantomime song, transferring rules approximately originality, lawsuits concerning the ridiculousness of pantomime, and a little-known practice session rating for Giselle.

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By permission of the Bibliotheque nationale de France.

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CHAPTER TWO A Family Resemblance [The Paris Opera] has song and dance as its lord and master. Theophile Gautier, La Presse, 23 January 1841 IN 1830s and 1840s, the Paris Opera-situated in the rue Ie Peletier, not far from where the old Bibliotheque nationale still stands today-was celebrated as one of the continent's most vibrant public theaters. The most famous singers and dancers in Europe performed on its stage, and the goings-on within its walls commanded the attention of a steady throng of spectators, many of whom took pen in hand to record their experiences or to weave fictional tales using the Opera as a setting.

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