Reading Critics Reading: Opera and Ballet Criticism in France from the Revolution to 1848

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Roger Parker, Mary Ann Smart, Associate Professor of Music Mary Ann Smart
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 271 pages
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'Interesting insights' -Opera Now'This book's view from multiple perspectives must enrich future historical narratives of the most vital musical scene in Europe' -BBC Music MagazineThis examines in new ways opera and ballet criticism in early nineteenth-century France, taking seriously the motivations and beliefs of journalist critics. Rather than seeing their work as useful primarily for its raw factual information, the essays collected here look carefully at the historical, cultural, and aesthetic background that led critics to write as they did.

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Contents

Identity and Manipulation
13
Issues in the Criticism of JulienLouis
46
Ludovic Vitet and Le bee
69
The Poetics and Reception
86
Faust Criticism in Paris 1830 m
111
Robert le diable and LouisPhilippe the King
137
Ceremony Celebration and Spectacle in 11 faire
155
10 About the House
215
Art and the Hermaphrodite in the Dance
237
Bibliography 755
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Roger Parker is a Professor of Music, University of Cambridge. Mary Ann Smart is an Associate Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley.

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