Smith, Richard Langham
(2004). Quelques aspects du langage musical d'Alfred Bruneau.
In: Branger, Jean-Christophe and Ramaut, Alban eds.
Le naturalisme sur la scène lyrique.
Saint-Etienne, France: Publications de l'université de Saint-Etienne, pp. 80–93.
||This output is in French. The article concentrates on Bruneau's opera 'Le rêve' based on Emile Zola's novel of the same name and takes as its starting point two articles on the opera by Jean-Christophe Branger and Steven Huebner respectively. Taking the distinction made by Carolyn Abbate between the 'phenomenal' and the 'noumenal' in Opera, and identifying the first of these with Bruneau and Zola's self-confessed aims of 'naturalisme', the piece analyses some 'phenomenal' moments, and connects aspects of the work with artistic movements of the time, for example Pre-Raphaelitism. The article interrogates connections betwenn Bruneau and this movement and shows the musical techniques through which Bruneau expresses the 'mediaeval realism' of the work. Bruneau's archaic notation is shown in several musical examples of 'phenomenal' events within the offices of the Cathedral on which the opera centres. Comparisons and contrasts are made with Debussy's similarly quasi-mediaeval Pelléas et Mélisande.
||Opera; France; Alfred Bruneau
||Arts > Music
||29 Jun 2006
||02 Dec 2010 19:50
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