Abstract

Recent studies of Gluck's opera reform have emphasized the range and breadth of its sources, as well as the existence of comparable reform movements in both Parma and Stuttgart. Though a welcome reprieve from earlier writers' overemphasis on the influence of Rousseau in particular, such revisionist accounts nonetheless risk marginalizing the philosophes' contributions entirely. In so doing, they ignore Gluck's own careful cultivation of Rousseau and Diderot. By surveying Gluck's interactions with these two figures and their ideas, this article offers an implicit plea for the reintegration of the philosophes into reform opera's family tree.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 860-876
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-21
Open Access
No
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