This book seeks to recontextualize the quarrel, embedding it in the cultural politics of the 1770s, and thereby to offer a richer account of the disputes which would account for some of the wider issues at stake.
Introduction 1. Opera Reform on the Eve of Gluck's Arrival 2. From Iphigénie en Aulide to Orphée: A Court-Sponsored Reform? 3. Simplicity without Primitivism 4. Talking about Opera 5. Resolution? 6. Conclusion