Theatres of litigation: stage music at the Théâtre de la Renaissance, 1838–1840

Everist, Mark (2004) Theatres of litigation: stage music at the Théâtre de la Renaissance, 1838–1840. Cambridge Opera Journal, 16, (2), 133-161. (doi:10.1017/S095458670400182X).


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From 1807 to 1864, Parisian music drama was governed by a system of licences that controlled the repertory of its three main lyric theatres: the Opéra (variously Académie Royale, Nationale and Impériale de Musique), the Théâtre-Italien and the Opéra-Comique. Between 1838 and 1840, the Théâtre de la Renaissance gained a licence to put on stage music, and quickly succeeded in establishing a reputation for energetic management, imaginative programming together with artistically and financially successful performances. It could do this only by exploiting what were effectively newly invented types of music drama: vaudeville avec airs nouveaux and opéra de genre. The invented genres however brought the theatre into legal conflict with the Opéra-Comique and Opéra respectively, and opened up a domain of jurisprudence – associated with repertory rather than copyright – hitherto unsuspected.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S095458670400182X
ISSNs: 0954-5867 (print)
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Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
D History General and Old World > DC France
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 12374
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:24

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