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Revealing MasksExotic Influences and Ritualized Performance in Modernist Music Theater$
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W. Anthony Sheppard

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223028

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223028.001.0001

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Medievalism and the French Modernist Stage

Medievalism and the French Modernist Stage

(p.96) 7 Medievalism and the French Modernist Stage
Revealing Masks

W. Anthony Sheppard

University of California Press

This chapter explores French medievalist music theater, focusing first on Ida Rubinstein's collaboration with Claude Debussy and Gabriele d'Annunzio and then on her more significant work with Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger. Prior to his encounter with Noh and his collaborations with Rubinstein, Claudel had already demonstrated an interest in the medieval mystery plays and in creating modern religious works for the stage. One of his most successful plays, the 1912 L'Annonce faite à Marie, was inspired by the mystères tradition. Rubinstein's commissions encouraged him to focus more intensely on religious drama.

Keywords:   music theater, Ida Rubinstein, Claude Debussy, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Paul Claudel, Arthur Honegger

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