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Giacomo Meyerbeer

Reputation without Cause? A Composer and his Critics

Author(s): Jennifer Jackson

Book Description

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) was the most successful composer of grand operas in nineteenth-century Paris, whose music continued to be frequently performed worldwide into the following century. Today, recent scholars acknowledge his stature but his operas have become stage rarities. There is normally a gap on shelves in libraries and bookshops between Mendelssohn and Mozart (Messaien and Monteverdi for the better resourced). There is no biography or broad evaluation of Meyerbeer in print in English. This study of the vicissitudes of Meyerbeer’s reputation complements introductions to his works and the volumes of academic essays in English and other European languages. While reputation forming has recently offered several interesting studies, it is rare for a composer to be the subject.

This volume will be of interest primarily to opera enthusiasts, and to libraries and musicologists worldwide.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2968-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2968-4
Date of Publication: 01/07/2011
Pages / Size: 315 / A5
Price: £44.99


Jennifer Jackson studied German at University College London, and later widened her knowledge of classical music by studying voice production and viola part-time at GSMD (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and with private teachers. Her comparative study of versions of the Don Carlos story which she undertook for an MMus at the University of East Anglia, Narrative Transformation in the works of Abbé de Saint-Réal, Friedrich Schiller and Giuseppe Verdi, was published in December 2008 by Musik-Edition Lucie Galland, Weinsberg, Germany.