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“Écoute : si on ne les voit, on les entend” : potentialités dramaturgiques des scènes de nuit dans l’opéra-comique du XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : Starting from case studies borrowed from Sedaine, this article presents different types of night scenes and considers the conjunction between night effects, scene effects and the musical tools that are used to depict night in the comic opera of the second half of the eighteenth century. In contrast with the real world (which is often the world of spoken dialogue), night scenes take us into the inner self of (mostly female) characters, with music as a means to enter another world. Night scenes take specific hues (either comic, fantastic, poetic, romantic or fairytale-like) and vary the spectrum of genres that are resorted to within the same opera. Since the nights that occasion romances are many, the comic opera can be envisioned as a genre in which romanticism could be experimented and shaped.
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Judith Le Blanc. “Écoute : si on ne les voit, on les entend” : potentialités dramaturgiques des scènes de nuit dans l’opéra-comique du XVIIIe siècle. Scènes de nuit dans les arts du spectacle vivant en France et en Angleterre (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles), Jun 2014, Montpellier, France. pp.135-150. ⟨hal-02078523⟩

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