Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Drama

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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The genre of m(r)lodrame a grand spectacle that emerged in the boulevard theatres of Paris in the 1790s - and which was quickly exported abroad - expressed the moral struggle between good and evil through a drama of heightened emotions. The premise of this volume is the idea that the melodramatic aesthetic is central to our understanding of nineteenth-century music drama, broadly defined as spoken plays with music, operas and other hybrid genres that combine music with text and/or image."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Melodrama as Genre
13
Melodrama on the Operatic Stage
83
Melodramatic Transformations
183
Bibliography
263
Index
283
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