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Building the Operatic Museum
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Introduction Museums Restorations (De)Translations Transitions Resurrections Tragedies Symbols Monuments Quarrels Archaeologies Notes Bibliography Index

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What makes the book particularly worthwhile is its careful contextualization of the major fin-de siecle revivals of eighteenth-century operas including abundant selections from critical discourse. . . . One of the merits of Gibbons' book is the way it enables us to see how these dilemmas [of historical fidelity vs. practical viability, and of Germanic traditions vs. French national pride] were understood, and hotly debated, throughout the period in question, paving the way for a conception of the repertoire that is still very much with us. The book's most engrossing section is probably the one devoted to Mozart, for the [Austrian] composer's place within the French operatic pantheon would always entail the most complex negotiations. * NINETEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC REVIEW *
Gibbons's well-written study of the productions of eighteenth-century operas in late nineteenth-century Paris considers broad issues of edition-making, nationalist interpretation, allegorical readings, and value judgment. An important addition to critical reflections on canon building. -- Steven Huebner, McGill University

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