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Melodrama (from Gk. melos, drama; Fr. mélodrame, It. melologo; Ger. Melodram)locked

  • Peter Branscombe

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A kind of drama, or a part of a drama, in which the action is carried forward by the protagonist speaking in the pauses of, and later commonly during, a musical accompaniment. (It is distinct from the Italian melodramma, meaning simply ‘musical drama’, or opera.) The brief orchestral passages that separate the dialogues are clearly related to, and presumably in a sense derived from, those in accompanied operatic recitative (just as the pantomimic movement and gesture of a scene like Beckmesser’s discovery of the song manuscript in ...

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