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Jean-Philippe Rameau
Een kennismaking

Ignace Bossuyt

Leuven 2013, 256 p.
ISBN 978 90 5867 9529.

Documerntation PDF (Dutch)
Site de l'Editeur

This is the first monograph dedicated to Rameau in Dutch language.
M. Bossuyt is Professor Emeritus in Musicology at K. U. Leuven.


Building the Operatic Museum : Eighteenth-Century Opera in Fin-de-Siecle Paris

William Gibbons

University of Rochester Press
Coll. Eastman Studies in Music
2013, 280 p.

Focusing on the operas of Mozart, Gluck, and Rameau, Building the Operatic Museum examines the role that eighteenth-century works played in the opera houses of Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. These works, mostly neglected during the nineteenth century, became the main exhibits in what William Gibbons calls the Operatic Museum -- a physical and conceptual space in which great masterworks from the past and present could, like works of visual art in the Louvre, entertain audiences while educating them in their own history and national identity. Drawing on the fields of musicology, museum studies, art history, and literature, Gibbons explores how this "museum" transformed Parisian musical theater into a place of cultural memory, dedicated to the display of French musical greatness.

William Gibbons is assistant professor of musicology at Texas Christian University.


Dramatic Expression in Rameau's Tragédie en Musique: Between Tradition and Enlightenment

Cynthia Verba

Cambridge University Press
feb. 2013, 275 p.

Cynthia Verba's book explores the story of music's role in the French Enlightenment, focusing on dramatic expression in the musical tragedies of the composer-theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. She reveals how his music achieves its highly moving effects through an interplay between rational design, especially tonal design, and the portrayal of feeling and how this results in a more nuanced portrayal of the heroine. Offering a new approach to understanding Rameau's role in the Enlightenment, Verba illuminates important aspects of the theory-practice relationship and shows how his music embraced Enlightenment values. At the heart of the study are three scene types that occur in all of Rameau's tragedies: confession of forbidden love, intense conflict and conflict resolution. In tracing changes in Rameau's treatment of these, Verba finds that while he maintained an allegiance to the traditional French operatic model, he constantly adapted it to accommodate his more enlightened views on musical expression.

Cynthia Verba is Director of Fellowships for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She has published articles and reviews in the Cambridge Opera Journal, the Journal of the American Musicological Association, The Journal of Musicology and the Journal of Modern History. While her earlier book, Music and the French Enlightenment: Reconstruction of a Dialogue, 1750–1765, closely examines the arguments in Rameau-centered debates, her current research has shifted focus to Rameau's musical practice, particularly his concept of musical expression and how it manifests itself in his tragedies.


Les filles de l'Opéra in the Early Eighteenth Century
Gina Rivera

Ph.D. diss.
Harvard University

Aesthetics of Baroque Music in France

David Whitwell

Whitwell Books,
2013, 350 p.



Jean-Philippe Rameau


(April 1748 version)

Graham Sadler (éd.), 2011, LXIV-397 p. ; réduction clavier-chant, François Saint-Yves (éd.), 2011, XVI-356 p.

it is part of


(Publication of Rameau's complete works)

The Opera Omnia Page







Opera in the Age of Rousseau
Music, Confrontation, Realism

David Charlton

Cambridge University Press,
2012, 413 p.

Historians of French politics, art, philosophy and literature have long known the tensions and fascinations of Louis XV's reign, the 1750s in particular. David Charlton's study comprehensively re-examines this period, from Rameau to Gluck and elucidates the long-term issues surrounding opera. Taking Rousseau's Le Devin du Village as one narrative centrepiece, Charlton investigates this opera's origins and influences in the 1740s and goes on to use past and present research to create a new structural model that explains the elements of reform in Gluck's tragédies for Paris. Charlton's book opens many new perspectives on the musical practices and politics of the period, including the Querelle des Bouffons. It gives the first detailed account of intermezzi and opere buffe performed by Eustachio Bambini's troupe at the Paris Opéra from August 1752 to February 1754 and discusses Rameau's comedies Platée and Les Paladins and their origins.




Opera Indigene: Re/Presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures

Pamela Karantonis
Dylan Robinson

Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera

Ashgate Publishing Limited
2011, 368 p.

(2012 on Kindle)