<i>Une leçon de morale</i>—German Music Drama

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:
Une leçon de morale—German Music Drama

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This chapter discusses the tradition of German music drama in Paris, considers works by Carl Maria von Weber and an abortive production of Ludvig van Beethoven's Fidelio. German music drama never had the same impact as Italian stage music on Parisian theatrical culture. Two critical traditions spring from the 1824 Odéon production of Robin des bois: one based on Weber's own response, and a French tradition that started with Berlioz; both have colored the tone of subsequent critical literature and therefore the value attributed to it. Weber's case was straightforward. By 1820, Beethoven's Fidelio had been produced on stages from Munich to Saint Petersburg and from Vienna to Danzig. Its first performance in Paris was not until 30 May 1829 as part of a touring season of German music drama in its original language that was given at the Théâtre italien. Fidelio was nevertheless an essential thread in the German tradition at the Théâtre-Royal de l'Odéon, even though it was never performed there.

Keywords: German music drama; Paris; Weber; Ludwig van Beethoven; Robin des bois; Fidelio

Chapter.  14102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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