Tutorial 6

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Music History II Tutorial 6
French opera genres: grand opera, opera comique, lyric opera
Grand opera
-plot: caters to middle class
-sung throughout
-5 acts
-spectacle
-ex. Les Huguenots- Meyerbeer
Opera comique
-plot: comedy or semiserious
-spoken dialogue
-less pageantry
-Bizet’s Carmen
Lyric opera
-plot: romantic drama/ fantasy
-sung throughout
-larger scale than opera comique
-Gounod’s Faust
Colonialism
-establishment and maintenance of colonies
Exoticism
-evocation of culture that is different from accepted local norm
Exotic Element
Melody
-mode, augmented second
-syncopation
Rhythm
-irregular meter
Instrumentation
-extreme register
-percussion
Georges Bizet’s Carmen
-opera comique
-Carmen is a gypsy
-Don Jose is an army corporal
-Micaela is Don Jose’s childhood friend
-Escamillo is a bull fight who Carmen later falls in love with
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