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Tra declamazione e pantomima: Metastasio riconcepito

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Author Paolo Russo
Series Recercare - Rivista per lo studio e la pratica della musica antica - Journal for the study and practice of early music
Nr. XXIX/1-2 2017
Size 17×24, pp. 284
Year 2017
ISBN 9788870968996

Price 7,00 €

In 1779 a pamphlet appeared entitled Pantomime dramatique that had immediately the honors of laudatory reviews by Diderot and Grimm. The author, who is hiding in anonymity, was Charles-Nicholas Cochin (1715–1790), renowned engraver and painter, philosophe capable of being in relationship both with the circles of encyclopaedists and with their opponents. He was also active in opéra and opéra-comique environments. The booklet was published at the beginning of querelles about Gluck’s operas in Paris and the consequent “fusion of genres” that involved French opera in the second half of the eighteenth-century. The Pantomime dramatique was indeed the first proposal to adjust Metastasian opera seria to the French scene, a dramaturgical idea that many poets and composers will realize in practice few years later; Cochin conceives it as a mixture of music, declamation and pantomime, that involve the principal French debates on a new genre of spectacle.

Paolo Russo is associate professor of Musicology and Music History at the University of Parma. His research focuses mainly on eighteenth-century French opera, Italian opera of the early nineteenth century, operatic dramaturgy at the intersection with other dramatic, choreutical, tragic genres and on teaching methods of music history. He published the monographs La parola e il gesto. Studi sull’opera francese nel Settecento (1997), ‘Medea in Corinto’ di Felice Romani, Storia, fonti e tradizioni (2004), and H. Berlioz, Sinfonia fantastica. Una guida (2008). He also edited the volumes Ferdinando Paer tra Parma e l’Europa (2008), and I due mondi di Duni. Il teatro musicale di un compositore illuminista tra Italia e Francia (2014). In addition, he investigated Renaissance music, seventeenth and eighteenth-century sacred music, music in silent films.