Gluck and the French Theatre in Vienna

Gluck and the French Theatre in Vienna

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Any study of the works that the Bohemian Christoph Gluck composed for Vienna's French theatre is necessarily concerned with not one, but several musical and theatrical cultures. The author's focus is on the musical productions of the French theatre, and the city's other spectacles are discussed mainly insofar as they were affected by the offerings of the Burgtheater's opera and ballet troupes. The tasks for which Gluck received a regular salary were connected mainly with the French theatre; his direct involvement with the German theatre was short-lived, and while he composed numerous Italian operas for the court from 1748 onward, this was never in the capacity of a regular "Hofcompositor".show more

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  • Hardback | 542 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193164159
  • 9780193164154

Table of contents

Introduction - the context of a reform; cultural politics in Maria Theresa's Vienna; the new theatrical order; Gluck and concerts in the Burgtheater; Hilverding and the reform of ballet; Gluck and "Opera-Comique" to 1760; the French Theatre and the Imperial wedding festivities of 1760; Angiolini, Gluck, and Viennese ballet-pantomime; theory into practice - "Orfeo ed Euridice"; "Opera-Comique" - rivalry with Paris; after Durazzo. Appendices: repertory of ballets in the Viennese Theatres, 1752-1765; repertory of "Operas-Comiques" in the Viennese Theatres, 1752-1765; Gluck's official positions in the Viennese Theatres, more