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    STUDIA MUSICA - Issue no. 1 / 2016  
         
  Article:   THE PATTERN OF THE PAGE – CHARACTERS AND CONTEXTS WITHIN THE LYRIC THEATRE. THE CASE OF “CHERUBIN D’AMORE...”) / LE MODELE DU PAGE – PERSONNAGES ET CONTEXTES DANS LE THEATRE LYRIQUE. LE CAS DE “CHERUBIN D’AMORE...” .

Authors:  ADELA-FRANÇOISE BÎRLOGEANU.
 
       
         
  Abstract:   This study has as topic the presentation of the pattern variations of the Page, as a secondary character, quasi present in the lyric theatre. Offering different faces for this generic character, ranging from just the simple physical and ornamental presence to a significant role, able to turn the dramatic action, all opera composers and librettists included this character in the musical and dramatic equation as a satellite element with positive features. In the first part of the study, I have identified the page character in several romantic operas, representative for the XIX century as: Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, Anna Bolena, Les Huguenots, Der Rosenkavalier. Their presentation is short because I have decided to emphasize the essence, the basic elements (as name, type of voice, soloist parts, and/or key elements in the scenario), keeping in mind the risk of a dictionary type of approach. The second part includes a case study with a detailed presentation of the Cherubino, the character of the mozartian masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro. Far from considering it comprehensive, the present study has as objective to compensate and open up new approaches both from interpretative and theoretical analysis point of view for some of the characters unjustly minimized in operas. 

Keywords: page, character, opera, lyric theatre, knight, court of nobles, Cherubino, Mozart, Beaumarchais.
 
         
     
         
         
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