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By Robert Ignatius Letellier

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) was once an excellent musical dramatist in his personal correct. the celebrity of his operas rests on his radical remedy of shape, his improvement of scenic complexes and larger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut realization to all elements of presentation and creation, all of which set new criteria in Romantic opera and dramaturgy. This e-book contains ahead the method of rediscovery and reassessment of Meyerbeer?s paintings ?including not only his recognized French operas, but additionally his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his complete dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental tune. From Meyerbeer?s first level presentation in 1810 to his nice posthumous accolade in 1865, a few 24 works mark the unfolding of this lifestyles lived for dramatic track. The acceptance of the recognized 4 grand operas may possibly survive within the public cognizance, however the different works stay mostly unknown. This booklet offers an approachable creation to them. The works were divided into their regularly occurring varieties for speedy reference and worthy organization, and put in the context of the composer?s existence and creative improvement. every one part unfolds a short historical past of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a severe survey of a few of its musical features, and a checklist of its functionality historical past. Robert Letellier examines each one paintings from a dramaturgical view element, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and old parts within the situations, and the way those recommendations have been translated musically onto the degree. a sequence of photographs and level iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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