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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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Gluck to Revolution

Gluck to Revolution

(p.69) Chapter 4 Gluck to Revolution
French Opera

Vincent Giroud

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the history of French opera from the time of Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck up to the French Revolution. It discusses the emergence of the so-called ballet d'action to reform to a style popularized by Gluck and describes some of the first ballets d'action, including Maximilien Gardel's La chercheuse d'esprit and Bercher Dauberval's Le déserteur. The chapter also describes the works of the three major opéra-comique composers who dominated the period: François-André Philidor, Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, and André-Modeste Grétry.

Keywords:   French opera, Christoph von Gluck, ballet d'action, Maximilien Gardel, Bercher Dauberval, opéra-comique composers, François-André Philidor, Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, André-Modeste Grétry

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