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Melodrama
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1. Concept

Works of musical drama (dramma per musica) and operas were occasionally called melodramma in Italian from the 17th century. During the 18th century, melodrama (from the Greek mélos, “song,” “melody,” and dráma, “play”; French mélodrame; German Melodrama) became, chiefly in France, Britain, and the German lands, a term denoting a pathetic declamation to a musical accompaniment, which became an autonomous stage and concert genre [7] (from 1775 also the synonymous terms monodrama…

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Busch-Salmen, Gabriele, “Melodrama”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023921>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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