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Rousset Christophe © Nathanael Mergui

Resonanzen-Kolloquium: Christophe Rousset

»Fortwährendes Gebell«?

Sunday 21 January 2024
Großer Saal



Christophe Rousset, Cembalo, Gespräch

Céline Scheen, Sopran

Peter Reichelt, Gespräch


»Fortwährendes Gebell«? Ein Ausflug in die Welt der französischen Barockoper


Freie Platzwahl

Festival Resonanzen »Die Planeten«

Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

An excursion into the world of French Baroque opera

In the second half of the 18th century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the fiercest critics of French opera of the Ancien Régime, which he wished to hell along with the French language. »Un aboiement continuel« (»a perpetual barking«) was this language and totally unsuitable for music. Today, the operas of Lully, Rameau & Co. are beyond reproach, are rightly regarded as masterpieces and hold their own on the world's stages. Nevertheless, French baroque opera has many peculiarities that still cause confusion today. Starting with the five-part string section and its designations through to its idiosyncratic recitative and aria forms. Christophe Rousset, one of the most renowned experts in the field, will shed some light on the subject at this colloquium.

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