Chapter 19 Study Guide

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Published on 13 Mar 2011
School
UTSC
Department
Music and Culture
Course
VPMA99H3
Professor
Chapter 19 Opera and Music Drama in the Nineteenth Century
Prelude
-national styles in opera
-subjects and settings vary widely
-from grand historical epics to folktales
-from plots with strong political overtones to stories that center on private emotions and personal
relationship
-librettists cast middle-class characters in work
-French grand opera was as much spectacle as music
-infuse with Romantic elements, such as rescue plots and huge choral scenes
-Italian opera
-composers include Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini
-Richard Wagner developed music drama
-fusion of music , poetry, and theatre
French Grand (and Not So Grand) Opera
-French Grand Opera
-mix of spectacle and historical, political, or religious themes
-elaborate stage machinery, ballets, choruses, and crowd scenes
-cater to middle class by painting aristocrats as wicked and opponents as cirtuous
Opera comique
-spoken dialogue instead of recitative
-less pretentious than grand opera
-required fewer singers and players
-plot presents straightforward comedy or semi-serious drama instead of historical pageantry
typical of grand opera
Lyric opera
-subject matter is romantic drama/ fantasy
-appealing melody
Bizet’s Carmen
-move toward realism
-opera comique because it contains spoken dialogue
-rejection of sentimental/ mythological plot
-a move toward realism, drama ends with a tragic murder
-Spanish setting and Spanish rhythms and tunes
-exoticism
-Carmen is a seductive Gypsy who works in a cigarette factory
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Chapter 19 opera and music drama in the nineteenth century. From plots with strong political overtones to stories that center on private emotions and personal relationship. French grand opera was as much spectacle as music. Infuse with romantic elements, such as rescue plots and huge choral scenes. Mix of spectacle and historical, political, or religious themes. Elaborate stage machinery, ballets, choruses, and crowd scenes. Cater to middle class by painting aristocrats as wicked and opponents as cirtuous. Plot presents straightforward comedy or semi-serious drama instead of historical pageantry typical of grand opera. A move toward realism, drama ends with a tragic murder. Carmen is a seductive gypsy who works in a cigarette factory www. notesolution. com. Her suggestive costume, behaviour, words, and music all portray her as an outsider, both forbidding and enticing. Fate motive emphasizes augmented seconds, trademark of gypsy music. Carmen sings a seguidilla, spanish song in fast triple time. Spanish atmosphere conveys a sense of sexual allure and danger.