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Dance and drama in French baroque opera : a history / Rebecca Harris-Warrick.

Author:
Harris-Warrick, Rebecca [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
xx, 484 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm.
Series:
Cambridge studies in opera. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Since its inception, French opera has embraced dance, yet all too often operatic dancing is treated as mere decoration. This book exposes the multiple and meaningful roles that dance has played, starting from Jean-Baptiste Lully's first opera in 1672. It counters prevailing notions in operatic historiography that dance was parenthetical and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. The book considers the operas of Lully and the 46-year period between the death of Lully and the arrival of Rameau, when influences from the commedia dell'arte and other theatres began to inflect French operatic practices. It explores the intersections of musical, textual, choreographic and staging practices at a complex institution - the Academie Royale de Musique - which upheld as a fundamental aesthetic principle the integration of dance into opera.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-471) and indexes.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9781107137899 ((hardback))
  • 1107137896 ((hardback))
LCCN:
2016023675
OCLC:
946968074
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