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By Robert Ignatius Letellier

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) was once an exceptional musical dramatist in his personal correct. the celebrity of his operas rests on his radical remedy of shape, his improvement of scenic complexes and larger plasticity of constitution and melody, his dynamic use of the orchestra, and shut recognition to all facets of presentation and creation, all of which set new criteria in Romantic opera and dramaturgy. This booklet consists of ahead the method of rediscovery and reassessment of Meyerbeer?s paintings ?including not only his well-known French operas, but in addition his German and Italian ones?placing them within the context of his complete dramatic oeuvre, together with his ballets, oratorios, cantatas and incidental track. From Meyerbeer?s first degree presentation in 1810 to his nice posthumous accolade in 1865, a few 24 works mark the unfolding of this existence lived for dramatic song. The recognition of the well-known 4 grand operas may live to tell the tale within the public cognizance, however the different works stay mostly unknown. This booklet offers an approachable advent to them. The works were divided into their prevalent kinds for speedy reference and priceless organization, and positioned in the context of the composer?s lifestyles and inventive improvement. every one part unfolds a quick historical past of the work?s origins, an account of the plot, a serious survey of a few of its musical features, and a checklist of its functionality heritage. Robert Letellier examines each one paintings from a dramaturgical view aspect, together with the essential?often challenging?philosophical and ancient parts within the situations, and the way those recommendations have been translated musically onto the level. a sequence of pictures and level iconography help in bringing the works to life.

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