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HUM 199 A History of French Opera

Course Description

Trace the history of French opera from its roots as royal entertainment in the 17th Century. Discuss the 'War of Buffoons' and the reforms of the 18th Century; the 19th Century, when Paris became the unchallenged centre of operatic Europe; and the ever-changing and diverse modernist period. Pay special attention to important movements in the development of French opera and the contributions of major composers, such as Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, and Debussy. Each session will include guided close listening to characteristic excerpts. Everyone is welcome. Experience with music, opera, or a second language is not necessary to enjoy this historic musical journey.


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