The Operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer
Writing in 1891, the critic Eduard Hanslick observed: There is no need to found Meyerbeer societies, or to build a special Meyerbeer theater. All the public are his admirers, and the whole of Europe his Bayreuth. How things were to change in the twentieth century. Many opera lovers today have never heard of Meyerbeer. His life and work have been largely forgotten. There is little knowledge about his operas, let alone a perception of his operatic oeuvre as an integral artistic sequence. This book endeavors to redress some of this ignorance. It offers a presentation and reading of his stage works, the complete Meyerbeer operas, considered chronologically in terms of the unfolding of the composer's life and artistic concerns.
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ROBERT LE DIABLE
EIN FELDLAGER IN SCHLESIEN
LÉTOILE DU NORD
LE PARDON DE PLOĒRMEL DINORAH
LAFRICAINE VASCO DA GAMA
ROMILDA E COSTANZA
SEMIRAMIDE SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA
EMMA DI RESBURGO
LESULE DI GRANATA
IL CROCIATO IN EGITTO
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Page 297 - COURAGE and personal BRAVERY. Taken from her own Mouth when A Pensioner of Chelsea-Hospital, And known to be true by Many who were engaged in those great Scenes of ACTION. LONDON: Printed for and Sold by R. MONTAGU, at the BookWare-House, in Great Wylde- Street, 1740. PREFACE. IN the following life of Mrs. CHRISTIAN DAVIES, taken from her own mouth, we may remark examples of uncommon intrepidity but rarely found in the fair sex.
Page 285 - Drive my dead thoughts over the universe Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth! And, by the incantation of this verse, Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Be through my lips to unawakened earth The trumpet of a prophecy ! O, Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Page 29 - For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings [Hos.
Page 285 - Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one! Drive my dead thoughts over the universe, Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth! And, by the incantation of this verse, Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind...
Page 286 - ... never do. You want strength of mind to force them to obedience ; and unless you pay their established price, they will not be your voluntary servants. In this one instance they consent to obey ; I offer you the means of enjoying your mistress, and be careful not to lose the opportunity. Receive this constellated myrtle : while you bear this in your hand, every door will fly open to you.
Page 297 - MOTHER ROSS; Who, in several Campaigns Under King William and the Late Duke of Marlborough, In the Quality of A Foot-Soldier and Dragoon, Gave many signal Proofs of an unparallell'd Courage and personal Bravery.
Page 116 - They drop in like flakes of snow and are certainly very charming witches with their jaunty Parisian figures and most refined pirouettes! . . . The diabolical music and the dead rising from their tombs and the terrible darkness and the strange dance unite to form a stage effect almost unrivaled.119 The dramaturgical implications of the Gesamtkunstwerk are clear.
Page 116 - It was magnificent and terrific and diabolical and enchanting and everything else fine. The music and the show and the dancing! The famous witch's dance, in the freezing moonlight in the ruined abbey, was as impressive as I expected, though there was no Taglioni to lead the troop. They drop in like flakes of snow and are certainly very charming witches with their jaunty Parisian figures and most refined pirouettes!