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By Robert Ignatius Letellier

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) was once 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 larger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut realization to all elements of presentation and creation, all of which set new criteria in Romantic opera and dramaturgy. This e-book consists of ahead the method of rediscovery and reassessment of Meyerbeer?s artwork ?including not only his recognized French operas, but additionally his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his complete dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental track. From Meyerbeer?s first level presentation in 1810 to his nice posthumous accolade in 1865, a few 24 works mark the unfolding of this existence lived for dramatic tune. The attractiveness of the well-known 4 grand operas might continue to exist within the public cognizance, however the different works stay principally unknown. This publication presents an approachable advent to them. The works were divided into their regularly occurring kinds for fast reference and important organization, and put in the context of the composer?s lifestyles and creative improvement. every one part unfolds a short historical past of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a severe survey of a few of its musical features, and a checklist of its functionality background. Robert Letellier examines each one paintings from a dramaturgical view aspect, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and ancient parts within the eventualities, and the way those innovations have been translated musically onto the degree. a chain of images and degree iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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