The Operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2006 - Music - 363 pages
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Writing in 1891, the critic Eduard Hanslick observed: "There is no need to found Meyerbeer societies, or to build a special Meyerbeer theater. All the public are his admirers, and the whole of Europe his Bayreuth." How things were to change in the twentieth century. Many opera lovers today have never heard of Meyerbeer. His life and work have been largely forgotten. There is little knowledge about his operas, let alone a perception of his operatic oeuvre as an integral artistic sequence. This book endeavors to redress some of this ignorance. It offers a presentation and reading of his stage works, the complete Meyerbeer operas, considered chronologically in terms of the unfolding of the composer's life and artistic concerns.
  

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Contents

List of Illustrations
9
List of Musical Examples
11
Acknowledgments
13
Introduction
17
The Meyerbeer Operas
23
JEPHTHAS GELÜBDE
24
WIRT UND GAST ODER AUS SCHERZ ERNST
36
DAS BRANDENBURGER TOR
43
ROBERT LE DIABLE
107
LES HUGUENOTS
131
EIN FELDLAGER IN SCHLESIEN
164
VIELKA
174
LE PROPHÈTE
181
LÉTOILE DU NORD
210
LE PARDON DE PLOĒRMEL DINORAH
226
LAFRICAINE VASCO DA GAMA
245

ROMILDA E COSTANZA
50
SEMIRAMIDE SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA
57
EMMA DI RESBURGO
62
MARGHERITA DANJOU
68
LESULE DI GRANATA
79
IL CROCIATO IN EGITTO
87
The Illustrations Full Captions
271
Notes
279
Bibliography
302
Indexes
339
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ROBERT IGNATIUS LETELLIER is a member of the Salzburg Centre for Research in the Early English Novel at the University of Salzburg. He is also a member of Trinity College and the Board of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall, the University of Cambridge. His previous books include The English Novel, 1660-1700: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1997).

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