Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera
Part of Cambridge Studies in Opera
- Author: Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Cornell University, New York
Since its inception, French opera has embraced dance, yet all too often operatic dancing is treated as mere decoration. Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera exposes the multiple and meaningful roles that dance has played, starting from Jean-Baptiste Lully's first opera in 1672. It counters prevailing notions in operatic historiography that dance was parenthetical and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement - present in every act of every opera - is essential to understanding the work. The book considers the operas of Lully - his lighter works as well as his tragedies - and the 46-year period between the death of Lully and the arrival of Rameau, when influences from the commedia dell'arte and other theatres began to inflect French operatic practices. It explores the intersections of musical, textual, choreographic and staging practices at a complex institution - the Académie Royale de Musique - which upheld as a fundamental aesthetic principle the integration of dance into opera.Read more
- Proposes a new view of the role of dance in French opera of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries
- Considers the operas of Lully and his successors from a variety of perspectives and demonstrates connections between theatrical practices at the lofty Paris Opera and the low-brow theaters in Paris
- Readers will gain a richer understanding of Parisian theatrical life that integrates discussions of music, dance and theatrical structure in clear language
- Provides resources that amplify the discussions in the text, including numerous illustrations, music examples and tables
Reviews & endorsements
'An indispensable resource for those reconstructing this repertoire for the stage, Harris-Warrick's book also offers much of interest to scholars in many subspecialties of early modern European history who are willing to do the work of connecting her impressive study to the world beyond the stage.' Chantal Frankenbach, Notes
01st Apr 2017 by Catherineturocy
RHWarrick has delivered what the early music and dance scene has needed for the past four decades! Finally, dance is given its place alongside the other arts as she deftly steers us through her indepth research on the meaning of dance in the context of opera and how dance is an equal player in performance and the development of French opera. In fact, dance defines French opera and it is the element which made French opera so appealing to the rest of Europe that each nation employed French dancing masters or at least pseudo French dancing masters! This book is a must-read for all practitioners involved in performance and for all scholars who are not familiar with intelligent analysis of dance history. As you can see, I cannot contain my enthusiasm!
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- Date Published: November 2016
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316777596
- contains: 40 b/w illus. 56 music examples
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Lully:
1. The dramaturgy of Lully's divertissements
2. Constructing the divertissement
3. Dance foundations
4. Dance practices on stage
6. The lighter side of Lully
Part II. The Rival Muses in the Age of Campra:
7. The muses take the stage
8. Thalie, muse of comedy
9. Thalie visits the fairs
10. The contested comic
11. Melpomène, muse of tragedy
12. Melpomène adapts
13. Terpsichore, muse of the dance
14. In the traces of Terpsichore
Appendix 1. Works performed at the Académie Royale de Musique, 1695–1732, in which the impact of the comédie italienne can be seen
Appendix 2. A partial list of performances consisting of 'fragments', 1702–32
Appendix 3. The choreographies danced at the Opéra contextualized.
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