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Masque and Opera in England, 1656-1688

By Andrew R. Walkling

© 2017 – Routledge

354 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Description

Masque and Opera in England, 1656–1688 presents a comprehensive study of the development of court masque and through-composed opera in England from the mid-1650s to the Revolution of 1688–89. In seeking to address the problem of generic categorization within a highly fragmentary corpus for which a limited amount of documentation survives, Walkling argues that our understanding of the distinctions between masque and opera must be premised upon a thorough knowledge of theatrical context and performance circumstances. Using extensive archival and literary evidence, detailed textual readings, rigorous tabular analysis, and meticulous collation of bibliographical and musical sources, this interdisciplinary study offers a host of new insights into a body of work that has long been of interest to musicologists, theatre historians, literary scholars and historians of Restoration court and political culture, but which has hitherto been imperfectly understood.

A companion volume will explore the phenomenon of "dramatick opera" and its precursors on London’s public stages between the early 1660s and the first decade of the eighteenth century.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Diagrams and Examples List of Tables Acknowledgements Notes to the Reader Introduction: Comparing Apples and Tomatoes: The Problematics of Restoration Masque and Opera 1 PART I: "Their greatest gallantry imaginable": Masques, Balls, and "Recreational" Acting at Court 1 Balls and the Growth of Shrovetide Entertainments 2 Youthful "Recreational" Theatrics, 1668–75 3 Masques and Plays at Court after 1675 PART II: "For such uses as the King shall direct": Through-Composed Opera, Foreign Musicians, and the Royall Academy of Musick 4 Operatic Experiments of the 1650s 5 Foreign Musicians at the Restoration Court, 1660–73 6 The Royall Academy of Musick, 1673–75 7 French Musicians at Court, 1675–89 8 Through-Composed Drama in the 1680s Appendix A: Transcription of National Archives, London, AO1/2053/28, ff. 4v–5r(Costumes for 1667 Court Ball) Appendix B: Letters Relating to Lord Sunderland’s Court Ballet, 1686 Appendix C: Instrumental Music Associated with Early Operas and Masques Found in Contemporary Printed Collections, 1662–c.1725 Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Andrew R. Walkling is Associate Professor of Art History, English, and Theatre at Binghamton University (State University of New York, USA). He received his Ph.D. in British History from Cornell University, and has published widely on court culture and cultural production in Restoration England, and on the music of Henry Purcell.

About the Series

Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera

Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera
The Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera series provides a centralized and prominent forum for the presentation of cutting-edge scholarship that draws on numerous disciplinary approaches to a wide range of subjects associated with the creation, performance, and reception of opera (and related genres) in various historical and social contexts. There is great need for a broader approach to scholarship about opera. In recent years, the course of study has developed significantly, going beyond traditional musicological approaches to reflect new perspectives from literary criticism and comparative literature, cultural history, philosophy, art history, theatre history, gender studies, film studies, political science, philology, psycho-analysis, and medicine. The new brands of scholarship have allowed a more comprehensive interrogation of the complex nexus of means of artistic expression operative in opera, one that has meaningfully challenged prevalent historicist and formalist musical approaches. The Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera series continues to move this important trend forward by including essay collections and monographs that reflect the ever-increasing interest in opera in non-musical contexts. Books in the series are linked by their emphasis on the study of a single genre - opera - yet are distinguished by their individualized and novel approaches by scholars from various disciplines/fields of inquiry. The remit of the series welcomes studies of seventeenth century to contemporary opera from all geographical locations, including non-Western topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS028000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera