French opera is second only to Italian opera in the length, breadth, and diversity of its history. Yet most people, if asked to come up with titles, could mention only a handful of titlesâ€”Carmen, Faust, Pelleas et Melisande, Samson et Dalilaâ€”a small list for an operatic tradition that began in the seventeenth century and is still very much alive. This book provides a full, single-volume account of opera in France from its origins to the present day.
Vincent Giroud looks at the leading composers, from Lully to Messiaen and beyond; at the development of French operatic form and style; at performance, performers, and audience; and at the impact of French opera beyond Franceâ€™s borders. Lovers of opera will find this an ideal companion to their appreciation of the form.
Author : Vincent Giroud
ISBN : 0300117655
Language : English
No of Pages : 352
Publication Date : 6/29/2010
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.37x6.38x1.57
Book weight : 0.02
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