Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 June 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter discusses the pursuit of national style in opera as a peculiarly nineteenth-century issue that first emerged among nations at the margins of operatic culture (Germany, Russia) but spread later in the century to the formerly confident operatic cultures of France and even Italy, in attempts to counteract Wagnerism. After a review of recent musicological studies that have examined the issue (with reference to Weber, Glinka, Charpentier, Verdi, and Puccini), the chapter then focuses on one type of practice in particular, the creation of a “national” style through the imitation of intonational and rhythmic patterns in spoken language, with a comparison of Musorgsky’s, Debussy’s, and Janáček’s “dialogue operas.”

Keywords: national style, operatic culture, Musorgsky, Debussy, Janacek, dialogue opera

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.