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By Robert Ignatius Letellier

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) used to be an outstanding musical dramatist in his personal correct. the celebrity of his operas rests on his radical remedy of shape, his improvement of scenic complexes and bigger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut awareness to all features of presentation and construction, 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 well-known French operas, but in addition his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his whole dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental song. 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 tune. The attractiveness of the recognized 4 grand operas could survive within the public awareness, however the different works stay principally unknown. This ebook presents an approachable advent to them. The works were divided into their prevalent forms for fast reference and priceless organization, and positioned in the context of the composer?s lifestyles and inventive improvement. every one part unfolds a quick heritage of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a serious survey of a few of its musical features, and a checklist of its functionality background. Robert Letellier examines every one paintings from a dramaturgical view aspect, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and historic parts within the situations, and the way those strategies have been translated musically onto the degree. a chain of pics and level iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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