Chabrier: L'Étoile

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    1. Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
    2. Editor: Hugh Macdonald
    3. Format: Vocal Score
    4. Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Voice
    5. Originally for: Opera
    6. Work Languages: French, German
    7. ISMN: 979-000653785-3
    8. Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
    9. Pages: 262
    10. Urtext / Critical Edition

    With "L'Étoile", Chabrier composed a light-hearted opera which has increasingly enjoyed revivals in recent years. The plot is introduced by King Ouf I who offers his subjects an execution every year on his birthday. Unfortunately the problem now arises that no crime has recently been committed which might serve as a reason for an execution. Finally, he finds a would-be victim in the young Lazuli. However, according to predictions by the astrologer Siroco, Lazuli's fate is closely linked to the king's own life. The comic opera is further bolstered by a story of mistaken identities which involves a great deal of diplomacy, a love story and a large number of refined, yet catchy melodies.

    Chabrier was a master of the sensitive and complicated art of musical comedy, a field where he can be compared in equal measure to Offenbach, Rossini and Mozart.