<i>Un délassement honnête et instructif</i>—Music Drama in Restoration Paris

Mark Everist

in Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824–1828

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520234451
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928909 | DOI:
Un délassement honnête et instructif—Music Drama in Restoration Paris

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This chapter examines the operatic activities at the Odéon through its physical and material environment and the general characteristics of music drama during the Bourbon Restoration. Although by the end of the Restoration, Paris had seen a great change in the public provision of transport, developments in urban travel there during the 1820s were more or less static. Most of the journeys of the soloists who worked at the Odéon, and of its audiences, had to be made on foot, and as was the case with most industries in Paris, the majority of the theater's employees lived locally. One of the ways in which the extraordinary success of the Odéon was judged was by the large numbers of carriages on the lace de l'Odéon; at other times there were usually none. The social context of any artistic production in the first quarter of the nineteenth century cannot be described without some invocation of the industrial revolution. It is, however, easy to overestimate the importance of industrial innovation in France during the Restoration.

Keywords: Odéon; music drama; Bourbon Restoration; soloists; industrial revolution

Chapter.  12760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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