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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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(p.178) 10 Sigurd
French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Reyer's Sigurd. It argues that among the dramaturgical issues that arose in the genesis of Sigurd (and, as it turned out, in the reception of the opera twenty years later) was the relative role assigned to magic in the context of a tradition that demanded theatrical clarity and logical human motivation. Reyer's orientation towards musical organization weakened the foundation of grand opera to a greater degree than operas by Saint-SaËns and Massenet, which were tilted somewhat more towards traditional models and a synthesis between new and old.

Keywords:   Ernest Reyer, French opera, magic, Wagner

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