Summary Giacomo Meyerbeer



Meyerbeer entered the history of musical culture as the largest representative of the romantic musical theater of France. He approved the type of five-act “big opera”, calculated for the splendor of the production and spectacular spectacularity. At the heart of the musical drama of Meyerbeer is the principle of impressive contrasts, the historical background serves as a colorful decoration for the lyrical drama, in the development of the drama, scenically winning scenic-picture situations and positions prevail. This manifested the influence not only of the contemporary composer of romantic aesthetics, but also of the national traditions of the French opera.

Giacomo (Jacob) Meyerbeer was born in Berlin on September 5, 1791 in a well-to-do family. Already in his youth, abandoning the career of a brilliant pianist, he devoted himself entirely to composition and, above all, to the musical theater. However, the first operas staged

in Germany (The Ivypha Oath, 1813, Alimelek, or Two Caliphs, 1814), were not successful. The composer went to Italy, where he stayed from 1816 to 1824. During this period, Meyerbeer mastered the style of the Italian opera school and its coryphaeus – Rossini. The new operas of Meyerbeer (“Romilda and Constanta”, 1817, “Margarita of Anjou”, 1820, and others) made his name popular.

In 1827, after moving to Paris, the central period of Meyerbeer’s activity began. The first Parisian opera (Robert the Devil, 1831), shown with great success, brought the composer European fame. However, their full and complete expression of the characteristic features of Meyerbeer’s “big opera” found in the “Huguenots” (1836) – the best work of the composer. These traits are preserved in the operas The Prophet (1849) and The African (1864). In a new way, the composer’s talent was revealed in the opera “Dinor” (1859), which attracts a subtle lyricism and an original realization of the folkloric principle.

Meyerbeer died on May 2, 1864 in Paris during the preparation for the execution of his last opera “African”.

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Summary Giacomo Meyerbeer