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Author Macdonald, Hugh, 1940- author

Title Saint-Saëns and the stage : operas, plays, pageants, a ballet and a film / Hugh Macdonald
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Cambridge studies in opera
Cambridge studies in opera
Contents Cover; Half-title page; Series page; Frontispiece; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; 1 Preparations for Opera: Le Martyre de Vivia, Le Duc de Parme; 2 Le Timbre d'argent; 3 Samson et Dalila; 4 La Princesse jaune; 5 Étienne Marcel; 6 Henry VIII; 7 Gabriella di Vergy, Proserpine; 8 Ascanio; 9 La Crampe des écrivains, Phryné; 10 Antigone, Frédégonde; 11 Javotte, Déjanire (open air); 12 Lola, Les Barbares; 13 Parysatis, Botriocéphale, Andromaque, Le Roi Apépi, Hélène; 14 L'Ancêtre, La Foi
15 L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise, Déjanire (opera), On ne badine pas avec l'amour16 Saint-Saëns the Dramatist; Bibliography; Discography; Index
Summary The stage works of Saint-Saëns range from grand open-air pageants to one-act comic operas, and include the first composed film score. Yet, with the exception of Samson et Dalila, his twelve operas have lain in the shadows since the composer's death in 1921. Widely performed in his lifetime, they vanished from the repertory - never played, never recorded - until now. With four twenty-first-century revivals as a backdrop, this timely book is the first study of Saint-Saëns's operas, demonstrating the presence of the same breadth and versatility as in his better known works. Hugh Macdonald's wide knowledge of French music in the nineteenth century gives a powerful understanding of the different conventions and expectations that governed French opera at the time. The interaction of Saint-Saëns with his contemporaries is a colourful and important part of the story
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 2, 2019)
Subject Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921 -- Criticism and interpretation
Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921.
Dramatic music -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Opera -- 19th century
Dramatic music.
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Voice.
MUSIC / Lyrics.
MUSIC / Printed Music / Vocal.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108550924 (ebook)
1108615767 (electronic bk.)
9781108550925 (ebook)
9781108615761 (electronic bk.)