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Author Dill, Charles William,
Title Monstrous opera : Rameau and the tragic tradition / Charles Dill.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1998]

Series Princeton studies in opera
Princeton studies in opera.
Subject Rameau, Jean-Philippe, 1683-1764. Operas.
Opera -- France -- 18th century.
Tragedy in music.
Description 1 online resource (xx, 197 pages) : music.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary One of the foremost composers of the French Baroque operatic tradition, Rameau is often cited for his struggle to steer lyric tragedy away from its strict Lullian form, inspired by spoken tragedy, and toward a more expressive musical style. In this fresh exploration of Rameau's compositional aesthetic, Charles Dill depicts a much more complicated figure: one obsessed with tradition, music theory, his own creative instincts, and the public's expectations of his music. Dill examines the ways Rameau mediated among these often competing values and how he interacted with his critics and with the public. The result is a sophisticated rethinking of Rameau as a musical innovator.
Contents Monstrous opera -- Different tragedies -- Rameau's twins -- Rameau mise-en-scene -- In the mirror.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400864812 (electronic bk.)
140086481X (electronic bk.)
0691044430 (alk. paper)
9780691044439 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9781400864812
OCLC # 884012786
Additional Format Print version: Dill, Charles William. Monstrous opera. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998 0691044430 (DLC) 97031073 (OCoLC)37437552