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Description - French Baroque Opera: A Reader by Caroline Wood

From the outset, French opera generated an enormous diversity of literature, familiarity with which greatly enhances our understanding of this unique art form. Yet relatively little of that literature is available in English, despite an upsurge of interest in the Lully-Rameau period during the past two decades. This book presents a wide-ranging and informative picture of the organization and evolution of French Baroque opera, its aims and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on official documents, theoretical writings, letters, diaries, dictionary entries, contemporary reviews and commentaries, it provides an often entertaining insight into Lully's once-proud Royal Academy of Music and the colourful characters who surrounded it. The translated passages are set in context, and readers are directed to further scholarly and critical writings in English.

Readers will find this new, updated edition easier to use with its revised and expanded translations, supplementary explanatory content and new illustrations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781472465474
ISBN-10: 1472465474
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Caroline Wood

Both authors are established scholars in the field of French Baroque music. Caroline Wood is a retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull, UK. Her publications include Music and Drama in the `tragedie en musique', 1673-1715 (1996). Graham Sadler is Research Professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, and author of The Rameau Compendium (2014). Both have contributed extensively to leading musicological journals and standard reference works.

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