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

Ellen Lockhart

University of California Press

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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