Echo et Narcisse, drame lyrique en trois actes

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After the resounding success of Iphigénie en Tauride (1779), Gluck set out to compose his last of the seven Paris operas, which turned out to be his final opera. Whereas Iphigénie en Tauride is often considered Gluck’s best opera, its immediate successor, Echo et Narcisse (1779) was ill-fated and quickly disappeared from the repertoire. Echo was premiered a mere four months after Tauride, and the Parisian audience was not prepared for the differences between these two operas. Although the music resembles that of his other French operas, the pastoral story lacks the dramatic intensity that viewers expected in a Gluck opera. Thus, the serene music—though it is at times quite beautiful— lacks dramatic impulse.

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Creation Date: 1779  
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UNT Music Library
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Virtual Music Rare Book Room
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Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Des Lauriers
Place of Publication: Paris
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1779
  • Digitized: October 29, 2008
Description:

After the resounding success of Iphigénie en Tauride (1779), Gluck set out to compose his last of the seven Paris operas, which turned out to be his final opera. Whereas Iphigénie en Tauride is often considered Gluck’s best opera, its immediate successor, Echo et Narcisse (1779) was ill-fated and quickly disappeared from the repertoire. Echo was premiered a mere four months after Tauride, and the Parisian audience was not prepared for the differences between these two operas. Although the music resembles that of his other French operas, the pastoral story lacks the dramatic intensity that viewers expected in a Gluck opera. Thus, the serene music—though it is at times quite beautiful— lacks dramatic impulse.

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score (256 p.) 34 cm.

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Uniform Title: Echo et Narcisse
Added Title: Metamorphoses
Partner:
UNT Music Library
Collection:
Virtual Music Rare Book Room
Identifier:
  • UNTCAT: b1362183x |
  • OCLC: 4757244 |
  • RISM: RISM A/I, G 2739
  • OTHER: W. 47
  • CALL-NO: M1500.G68 E25 1779
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc13
Resource Type: Musical Score/Notation
Format: Image
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