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French Opera & More

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French Opera & More

<p>From the second half of the nineteenth century, opera flourished in Paris, borne out by the works of Offenbach, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saens. Subjects range from the drama of Faust to

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From the second half of the nineteenth century, opera flourished in Paris, borne out by the works of Offenbach, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saens. Subjects range from the drama of Faust to the light-hearted adventures of Orpheus in the Underworld to the tales of those femmes fatales, Dalila and Carmen. However, these composers did not write opera exclusively and from their pens flowed a wealth of other music. The combination of both will give us a rounded musical portrait.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the course. Georges Bizet (1838-75) Opera: Pearl Fishers. Other compositions: songs, works for piano.
  • Bizet continued. Opera: Carmen. Other compositions: Symphony 1 in C; cantata Clovis et Clotilde; Carmen suite.
  • Charles Gounod (1818-93). Opera: Faust. Other compositions: songs and symphonies.
  • Gounod continued. Opera: Romeo and Juliet. Other compositions: works for piano; quartet, Mors et Vita.
  • Jacques Offenbach (1819-80). Almost totally opera. Opera: Orfée dans les enfers; Les Contes d’Hoffman. Other compositions discussed.
  • Offenbach continued: more operas: La vie parisienne; La belle Hélène.
  • Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Opera: Samson et Dalila. Other compositions: songs, concertos.
  • Saint-Saens continued. Other operas. Other compositions: works for piano, introduction and rondo capriccioso, symphonies.
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Opera: Werther. Other compositions: suites, songs.
  • Massenet continued. Opera: Cendrillon. Other compositions: piano concerto, works for piano. Conclusion of the course.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the varying output of different composers.
  2. Recall two works, other than operas, for each composer.
  3. Appreciate the different subject matter of the operas discussed.