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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830$
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Ellen Lockhart

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284432

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284432.001.0001

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Pimmalione

Pimmalione

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(p.44) Chapter 2 Pimmalione
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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830
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Ellen Lockhart

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284432.003.0003

This chapter traces the reception of Rousseau’s melodrama Pygmalion on the Italian peninsula during the final decades of the eighteenth century. It argues that these decades also saw a renewed impetus for a revival of the ancient Greek and Roman speech-song—an impetus that can be found within Rousseau’s musical writings and within the invention and reception of melodrama itself. A kind of Italian opera that drew on the themes and techniques of melodrama came into being in Venice in the 1790s.

Keywords:   melodrama, Rousseau, translation, speech, reception, reform, opera

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