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‘Play it again, Sam’

Subtitle:
the ‘encore’ in 18th-century London opera
Abstract:

An encore in the middle of an act of an opera is (like too much applause and the rustling of sweet wrappers) an anathema to modern audiences, interested in ‘dramatic continuity’. Such an attitude sits uneasily with a parallel interest in ‘authenticity’ which excludes the practice, for repetitions of arias was one of the mainstays of an 18th-century singer’s performance. Indeed, the practice was recorded in regular use in London well into the 19th century (Mr Yates was encored in his ‘Mail Coa...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Music Faculty
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URN:
uuid:6ec725fe-0ec1-4dbf-98e7-19d9170de22c
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ora:1833
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