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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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The Age of Rameau

The Age of Rameau

(p.45) Chapter 3 The Age of Rameau
French Opera

Vincent Giroud

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of French opera under the Régence, explaining that while the basic structure of the tragédie en musique remained unchanged, it gradually accommodated vocal forms that subtly altered it. It mentions that while Jean-Philippe Rameau dominated the French operatic scene for three decades, there were several significant opera composers who emerged during this period, including Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Jean-Joseph de Mondonville. The chapter also discusses the role of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in French operatic history, both as theoretician and composer.

Keywords:   French opera, Régence, tragédie en musique, Jean-Philippe Rameau, opera composers, Pignolet de Montéclair, Jean-Marie Leclair, de Mondonville, Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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