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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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Le Roi malgré lui

Le Roi malgré lui

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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Chabrier's opérette Le Roi malgré lui. Pierre Lalo characterized Le Roi malgré lui as a hijacking of Chabrier's true temperament in the direction of an ‘insipid pseudo-historical intrigue’. It is argued that Lalo's remark points to the perennial issue of balance between seriousness and comedy that affected the genre of opéra comique.

Keywords:   French opera, Emmanuel Chabrier, music, opérette, opéra comique

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