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

I
9
II
11
III
13
IV
17
V
23
VI
24
VII
36
VIII
43
XV
107
XVI
131
XVII
164
XVIII
174
XIX
181
XX
210
XXI
226
XXII
245

IX
50
X
57
XI
62
XII
68
XIII
79
XIV
87
XXIII
271
XXIV
279
XXV
302
XXVI
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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