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Abstract The emergence of grand opéra around 1830 resulted in large-scale works in five acts setting libretti largely based on historical subjects that dominated much European stage music until the First World War. But these shifts in generic paradigm came at a price. The repertoire of the Paris...
Abstract The 1861 productions of Wagner's Tannhäuser and Gluck's Alceste at the Paris Opéra led to a major turning point in reception of both composers in France. After Tannhäuser 's spectacular failure in March of that year, the management of the Opéra decided to mount Alceste , a move that...
Abstract The opening of Mahler's “Der Abschied” from Das Lied von der Erde demonstrates a special set of musical conditions that include spare textures, a wide disposition of instrumental forces, and the effect of temporal suspension. This transparency allows the process of individuation and...
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