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(Dis)embodying myths in ancien régime opera: multidisciplinary perspectives

Bruno Forment UGent (2012)
abstract
Throughout the Ancien Régime, mythology played a remarkably vital role in opera, defining such epoch-making works as Claudio Monteverdi’s La favola d’Orfeo (1607) and Christoph Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (1779). The operatic presence of the Greco-Roman gods and heroes was anything but unambiguous or unproblematic, however. (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera highlights myth’s chameleonic life in the Italian dramma per musica and French tragédie en musique of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Written by eminent scholars in the fields of music, literature, theater, and cultural studies, the six essays in this book address important questions. Through what ideological lenses did the Ancien Régime perceive an ancient legacy that was fundamentally pagan and fictitious, as opposed to Christian and rationalistic? What dramaturgies did librettists and composers devise to adapt mythical topics to altering philosophical and esthetic doctrines? Were the ancients’ precepts obeyed or precisely overridden by the age of ‘classicism’? And how could myths be made to fit changing modes of spectatorship? Enlightening and wide-ranging on an essentially multidisciplinary development in European culture, (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera will appeal to all music, literature and art lovers seeking to deepen their knowledge of an increasingly popular repertoire.
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editor
UGent
organization
year
type
bookEditor
publication status
published
subject
keyword
18th century, 17th century, opera, mythology
pages
190 pages
publisher
Leuven University Press
place of publication
Leuven, Belgium
ISBN
9789058679000
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B3
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:338923
VABB type
VABB-3
id
2093840
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2093840
date created
2012-04-25 09:05:35
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:01:36
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  editor       = {Forment, Bruno},
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  publisher    = {Leuven University Press},
  title        = {(Dis)embodying myths in ancien r{\'e}gime opera: multidisciplinary perspectives},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
Forment, Bruno, ed. 2012. “(Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera: Multidisciplinary Perspectives”. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.
APA
Forment, B. (Ed.). (2012). (Dis)embodying myths in ancien régime opera: multidisciplinary perspectives. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.
Vancouver
1.
Forment B, editor. (Dis)embodying myths in ancien régime opera: multidisciplinary perspectives. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press; 2012.
MLA
Forment, Bruno, ed. “(Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.” 2012 : n. pag. Print.