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lecturenotes.Debussy-1 - Music 30 History of Opera French...

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Music 30 History of Opera French Modernist Opera French Opera 1875-1900 Abandonment of realist librettos (like Carmen ) in favor of exoticism (plots centered on the Orient); medieval quasi-Wagnerian settings; biblical epics. Some of these choices reflect French colonialist discourse in the nineteenth century, and French Orientalist art, which demonizes and/or valorizes the mysterious East. Ineffability: the temptation of the unknown and unknowable. In Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (composed 1893-95, premiered 1902), based on a Symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck, there are many inexplicable events and remarks, and the heroine, Mélisande, is described as a woman who "sings like a bird who is not from here" ["qui chante comme un oiseau qui n’est pas d’ici."]. The hypostatization of female voice as an object. Again, in Pelléas : Mélisande Je ne mens jamais, je ne mens qu’á ton frère [I never lie; I only lie to your brother]. Pelléas: Oh! Comme tu dis cela! Ta voix, ta voix .
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