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<i>Une heure à l'opéra-comique</i>—Occasional Works

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234451.003.0006
Une heure à l'opéra-comique—Occasional Works

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This chapter examines the context for a considerable number of occasional works that appeared at the Odéon during the 1820s. The lion's share of this stage music was associated with the royal family, the monarch's name day, and especially the coronation of Charles X in 1825. State occasions that were celebrated by the theaters of Paris fell into two categories: the monarch's name day and the occasional command performance. During the period in which the Odéon produced music drama, Parisian theaters had the opportunity to celebrate the name day of the monarch five times: the feast of Saint Louis on August 25, 1824, and the feasts of Saint Charles (4 November) in 1824–27. Despite the importance of royal celebrations, the most significant occasion for the theater itself was its opening under Bernard's direction in April 1824 with Les trois genres.

Keywords: occasional works; Odéon; royal family; monarch's name day; coronation of Charles X; music drama

Chapter.  10441 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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