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Parisian Music-Hall Ballet, 1871-1913
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List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction The Venues and the Shows Music Halls for Tout-Paris Creative Artists: Authors, Composers, and Choreographers The Ballet-Divertissement Real Pantomime-Ballets: The Choreographic Conventions of 1890s Music-Hall Ballet Music as Storyteller: The Musical Conventions of 1890s Music-Hall Ballet As Pleasing to the Ear as to the Eye: A Popular Musical Style The Stories of Music-Hall Ballet: Romance, Flirtations, and Other Pleasures A Delight to Behold: Glitter, Glamour, and Girls Appendix A: Tables of Ballets Staged by the Folies-Bergere, the Olympia, and the Casino de Paris Appendix B: Synopses of Ballets Staged at the Folies-Bergere, the Olympia, and the Casino de Paris Notes Bibliography Index

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[A] compelling contribution to French dance and music history. The author's new and important insights contribute much to our understanding of the dramatic achievements of the 'historical avant-garde' in the early decades of the twentienth century. * DANCE RESEARCH REVIEW *
Gutsche-Miller's work not only illuminates the supposed 'Dark Ages' of French ballet, but also provides a vital corrective to conventional wisdom about the cultural context into which Diaghilev launched his troupe. A lucid and lively history that vividly reconstructs the art world of Parisian music-hall ballet at its three principal venues: the Folies-Bergeres, the Olympia, and the Casino de Paris. Serves as a caution against focusing too narrowly on activities at only the most powerful and prestigious 'high art' institutions. The book's generous appendices...will prove an invaluable reference for scholars wishing to investigate thsi repertory further. MUSIC & LETTERS [Helena Kopchick Spencer] * . *
Gutsche-Miller's meticulous research provides a glimpse of these now-lost ballets, created at the impressive rate of four to six new works per year. Points to canny ways that composers used music to evoke place, atmosphere, and character . . . Gutsche-Miller's greatest contribution lies in her insistence that this popular genre is worthy of serious scholarly inquiry. * NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH STUDIES *

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