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The Resource Touched by the graces : the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism, Buford Norman

Touched by the graces : the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism, Buford Norman

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Touched by the graces : the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism
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Touched by the graces
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the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism
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Buford Norman
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the history of French classicism Philippe Quinault is unique: there is no other author (including Racine, Moliere, and Corneille) whose plays were performed so frequently and who was remunerated so generously during the classical period. This book, which fills a void in the study of classical drama, is equally unique: the first in English on Quinault and the first comprehensive study in any language of the libretti he composed in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Lully from 1673 to 1686. After situating the libretti in the context of French classicism, the author first discusses the prologues to the Quinault-Lully operas, then devotes a chapter to each of the libretti in which he examines such traditional literary elements as performance history, plot, characterization, and style, as well as issues more specifically related to musical theater. The concluding chapter summarizes what opera can tell us about French classicism and explores in depth some of the key theoretical issues such as representation, imitation, and recognition. This volume will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers: specialists in seventeenth-century French theater, musicologists, music lovers who are interested in early opera, and those whose research focuses on the interrelationship of music and literature."--Jacket
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CUI
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1945-
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Norman, Buford
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Opera
  • Libretto
  • Classicism
  • French drama
  • Quinault, Philippe
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Touched by the graces : the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism, Buford Norman
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [367]-393) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : issues and contexts -- Prologues : the king comes first -- Cadmus et Hermione : a recipe for success -- Alceste : the creation of a style -- Thésée : omnia vincunt amor ... gloriaque -- Atys : the tragic chord on the lyre -- Isis : beyond tragedy -- Proserpine : prudent sexual politics in a patriarchal world -- Persée : rivals all around -- Phaéton : ambition leads to a fall -- Amadis : new directions and familiar themes -- Roland : women, madness, and music -- Armide : charms and the man -- Conclusion -- Appendix I. Quinault libretti modified by other librettists -- Appendix II. Biographical sketch of Quinault -- Appendix III. Works by Quinault for the musical theater
Control code
49193373
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 402 pages
Isbn
9781883479350
Lccn
2001135905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Touched by the graces : the libretti of Philippe Quinault in the context of French Classicism, Buford Norman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [367]-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : issues and contexts -- Prologues : the king comes first -- Cadmus et Hermione : a recipe for success -- Alceste : the creation of a style -- Thésée : omnia vincunt amor ... gloriaque -- Atys : the tragic chord on the lyre -- Isis : beyond tragedy -- Proserpine : prudent sexual politics in a patriarchal world -- Persée : rivals all around -- Phaéton : ambition leads to a fall -- Amadis : new directions and familiar themes -- Roland : women, madness, and music -- Armide : charms and the man -- Conclusion -- Appendix I. Quinault libretti modified by other librettists -- Appendix II. Biographical sketch of Quinault -- Appendix III. Works by Quinault for the musical theater
Control code
49193373
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 402 pages
Isbn
9781883479350
Lccn
2001135905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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