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Vaudeville final (Fr.)locked

  • M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet


A type of finale used originally in French vaudevilles and some opéras comiques, and later more widely: it is in strophic form and most often has verses of seven or eight relatively short lines with a refrain in which all may join. Generally different characters take turns. The first verse sums up the moral of the work, subsequent ones frequently refer to key moments in the plot and point to the character’s sentiments or reform because of the action, and the final one is traditionally a compliment to the public, asking their indulgence. The works of Favart and other authors for the Fair Theatres, Opéra-Comique and Comédie-Italienne offer numerous examples of this classic format during the 18th century. The repertory of several boulevard theatres continued this tradition into the first decades of the 19th century....

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