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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


Description 1 online resource (xv, 432 pages) : illustrations, music
Series Cambridge studies in opera
Cambridge studies in opera.
Contents Preparations for opera : Le martyre de Vivia, Le Duc de Parme -- Le timbre d'argent -- Samson et Dalila -- La princesse jaune -- Étienne Marcel -- Henry VIII -- Gabriella di Vergy, Proserpine -- Ascanio -- La crampe des écrivains, Phryné -- Antigone, Frédégonde -- Javotte, Déjanire (open air) -- Lola, Les barbares -- Parysatis, Botriocéphale, Andromaque, Le roi Apépi, Hélène -- L'ancêtre, La foi -- L'assassinat du Duc de Guise, Déjanire (opera), On ne badine pas avec l'amour -- Saint-Saëns the dramatist
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 Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 06, 2019)
Subject Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921 fast
Subject Opera -- 19th century
Dramatic music -- 19th century -- History and criticism
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
Dramatic music
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108615761