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French OperaA Short History$
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Vincent Giroud

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300117653

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
French Opera

Vincent Giroud

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history of French opera. It describes some of constant features throughout its history, which include its cosmopolitan character and the relationship between spoken and sung passages in the opéra-comique tradition. The chapter traces the evolution of French opera and highlights the contribution of Jean-Baptiste Lully in introducing a model for the genre that has been in place for more than a century.

Keywords:   French opera, cosmopolitan character, opéra-comique tradition, Jean-Baptiste Lully, spoken passages, sung passages

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