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Unformatted text preview: O pera in the Romantic Period: F rance, I taly, and Germany dominated it’s development. “Grand Opera”(Meyerbeer) emerged in the 19th centu ry…staged
spectacular productions w ith crowd scenes, ballets, choruses,
a nd fantastic scenery, w r i tten around medieval and
contempora ry times. Jacques Offenbach brought to the stage a lighter style, in which
spoken dialogue mixed w ith the music. –Opera Comique.,
a lthough comique is in the word, the context was serious. Ly r ic Opera- (Thomas and Gounod)-tu rned to Romantic drama
a nd fantasy for thei r plots, contains highly ly rical passages in a
l ight and elegant style Wagner-one of the masters of Romantic opera, drew heavily on
G erman mythology. He also had philosophies which were layed
o ut in two books:
1.Art and Revolution and 2. Opera and D rama
-his philosophy centered on Geamtkunstwer k, a comprehensive
w otk of a rt in which music, poet ry and scenery play subservient
r oles to the central generating idea.
-believed total unity of all elements remained supremely i mportant.
-music has the predominant role in Wagne r’s operas(unfolds
t h rough LE I T MO T I F-musical theme tied to an idea, person, or
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course MU 2313 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.
- Spring '08