Parisian theatrical, artistic, social, and political life comes alive in Mark Everist's impressive institutional history of the Paris Odeon, an opera house that flourished during the Bourbon Restoration. Everist traces the complete arc of the Odeon's short but highly successful life from ascent to triumph, decline, and closure. He outlines the role it played in expanding operatic repertoire and in changing the face of musical life in Paris. Everist reconstructs the political power structures that controlled the world of Parisian music drama, the internal administration of the theater, and its relationship with composers and librettists, and with the city of Paris itself. His rich depiction of French cultural life and the artistic contexts that allowed the Odeon to flourish highlights the benefit of close and innovative examination of society's institutions.
Mark Everist is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. He is the author of French Motets in the Thirteenth Century: Music, Poetry, and Genre (1994) and Polyphonic Music in Thirteenth-Century France (1989), as well as editor of three of the volumes in the series Le Magnus liber organi de Notre-Dame de Paris.
List of Illustrations Tables Music Examples Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Part One: The Institution 1.Un delassement honnete et instructif: The City and Music Drama in Restoration Paris 2. L'obligation de jouer le repertoire du premier ordre: Repertory, Infrastructure and Management at the Odeon 3. Cet ensemble si harmonieux et si parfait: The Odeon's Personnel 4. La ferule severe et souvent capricieuse: Control and Consumption Part Two: The Repertory 5. Une heure a l'opera-comique: Occasional Works 6. Rendre service a notre scene lyrique: The Pasticcio 7. Le fruit defendu: Opera Comique and the French Tradition 8. Les heureux etrangers: Italian Music Drama 9. Une lecon de morale: German Music Drama Conclusion Appendices Bibliography Index