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French Grand Opera and the Historical Imagination
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date May 25, 2009
Pages 278
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521885621
ISBN-10 0521885620
Dimensions 0.50 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $99.99
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: During the July Monarchy, French grand operas, with their plots drawn from historical events, tended to be received as metaphors for current political themes. Previous studies have usually underestimated the role of music and the visual dimensions in articulating an alternative message to that offered by the libretto, and have instead focused on single political interpretations. In this study, five operas - Auber's La Muette de Portici and Gustave III, Niedermeyer's Stradella, Halévy's Charles VI and Meyerbeer's Le Prophete - illustrate the complex, contested nature of political meaning during this period. By setting these operas in the context of the emerging liberal historiography pioneered by Jules Michelet, and analysing the manner in which audiences and critics constructed 'meanings' with reference to their personal and collective experience and memories, this study reveals the central position that grand opera occupied in the period, bringing the past alive.

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1 edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (May 25, 2009)
9780521885621 | details & prices | 278 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.50 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $99.99
About: During the July Monarchy, French grand operas, with their plots drawn from historical events, tended to be received as metaphors for current political themes.
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Reissue edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (February 17, 2011)
9780521184267 | details & prices | 278 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $44.99

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