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Joubert, John (opera)

Hugo Cole

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(Pierre Herman )

(b Cape Town, March 20, 1927). British composer of South African origin . He studied in London at the RAM (1946–50), then lectured and taught at the universities of Hull (1950–62) and Birmingham (1962–86), where he eventually became reader in music. Joubert’s music is predominantly tonal and makes resourceful use of traditional processes. His operas reveal him as a master of large-scale musical architecture and a fine contrapuntist with a considerable lyrical gift, able to communicate clearly and directly with non-specialist audiences. Wilfrid Mellers’s description of Joubert’s music as being ‘rooted in the conventions of the classical baroque’ applies equally to abstract and dramatic works. His operas are typically divided into arias, duets and ensembles, with a connective tissue of arioso recitative. He frequently makes use of themes or intervals to stand for certain attributes of personality or character, while in Silas Marner...

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Subjects: Opera

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