Building the Operatic Museum
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316 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

16 b/w. 2 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Building the Operatic Museum

Eighteenth-Century Opera in Fin-de-Siècle Paris

by William Gibbons

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The pathbreaking revival in Paris ca. 1900 of long-neglected operas by Mozart, Gluck, and Rameau -- and what this meant to French audiences, critics, and composers.
Focusing on the operas of Mozart, Gluck, and Rameau, Building the Operatic Museum examines the role that eighteenth-century works played in the opera houses of Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. These works, mostly neglected during the nineteenth century, became the main exhibits in what William Gibbons calls the Operatic Museum -- a physical and conceptual space in which great masterworks from the past and present could, like works ofvisual art in the Louvre, entertain audiences while educating them in their own history and national identity. Drawing on the fields of musicology, museum studies, art history, and literature, Gibbons explores how this "museum" transformed Parisian musical theater into a place of cultural memory, dedicated to the display of French musical greatness.

William Gibbons is Associate Professor of Musicology at Texas Christian University.
Introduction
Museums
Restorations
(De)Translations
Transitions
Resurrections
Tragedies
Symbols
Monuments
Quarrels
Archaeologies
Notes
Bibliography
Index
"What makes the book particularly worthwhile is its careful contextualization of the major fin-de siècle revivals of eighteenth-century operas including abundant selections from critical discourse. . . . One of the merits of Gibbons' book is the way it enables us to see how these dilemmas [of historical fidelity vs. practical viability, and of Germanic traditions vs. French national pride] were understood, and hotly debated, throughout the period in question, paving the way for a conception of the repertoire that is still very much with us. The book's most engrossing section is probably the one devoted to Mozart, for the [Austrian] composer's place within the French operatic pantheon would always entail the most complex negotiations." NINETEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC REVIEW
"Gibbons's well-written study of the productions of eighteenth-century operas in late nineteenth-century Paris considers broad issues of edition-making, nationalist interpretation, allegorical readings, and value judgment. An important addition to critical reflections on canon building." Steven Huebner, McGill University

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Title Details

316 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

16 b/w. 2 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press