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Opéra comique (Fr.)locked

  • M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet
  •  and Richard Langham Smith

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Term for a French stage work of the 18th, 19th or 20th centuries with vocal and instrumental music and spoken dialogue (though it may also include recitative). Its origins are found in the 18th-century Parisian Fair Theatres (known from about 1715 as the Opéra-Comique) and also the Comédie-Italienne (...

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Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Paris, Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra
Recherches sur la musique française classique
Revue musicale