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The Precursors to Musical Theatre - 1880-1930

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Charlie Henderson

on 5 February 2013

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The Precursors to Modern Musical Theatre 1880-1930 Conclusion comic opera, operetta, and vaudeville were three styles that contributed greatly to the evolution of modern musical theatre. An opera of a light or comic nature, usually with a happy ending
Existed since the 17th century
Contrasted the opera seria, or serious opera
Also called opera comique in France, opera buffa in Italy, and singspiel in Germany
Example: Mozart: Papageno-Papagena aria from The Magic Flute Light opera, both music and subject matter
Evolved directly from comic opera, but music was less intricate than opera.
Often parodied the opera style.
Notable composers of this style include: Gilbert and Sullivan (England), Victor Herbert (U.S.) and Franz Lehár (Austria)
Example: Gilbert and Sullivan - "Modern Major General" from The Pirates of Penzance A show consisting of unrelated acts - these included music, dancing, skits, magicians, acrobats, trained animals, and more.
Minstrelsy: entertainments performed by white people in blackface - this practice is no longer culturally acceptable. Al Jolson is probably the best known minstrel.
Example: The Ziegfeld Follies of 1929 Comic Opera Operetta Vaudeville
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