The Operas of Charles Gounod    (Huebner)   0-19-315329-7
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The Operas of Charles Gounod    (Huebner)   0-19-315329-7
B1638. STEVEN HUEBNER. The Operas of Charles Gounod. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1990. 314pp. Index; Bibliography; Photos; Illus.; DJ. 0-19-315329-7 9780193153295


“[This] presents the detailed, perceptive appreciation of a scholarly mind, not one easily impressed by facile melodies, portentous banalities or any of the other weaknesses that are (or used to be) commonly laid to Gounod's charge.”


“…admirably fair and scrupulously researched...Professor Huebner uses his first 100 pages to set the Gounod operas against the background of musical life in Paris, a subject on which he is expert….a most sympathetic and gently persuasive study of a composer too often vilified, and now unjustly neglected. May Professor Huebner be listened to, and the good Charles replaced on his proper pedestal.”

- John Higgins,THE TIMES

“…meticulous and erudite study...If Gounod has no real rivals, then neither has this indispensable book.”


“This study is a welcome and expert monograph that puts Gounod firmly back on the historical agenda. The analysis of Gounod's principles in the musical setting of poetic accents is convincing and clear, and should stimulate appreciation of his crucial role in moulding the character of late nineteenth-century French opera. This book is an indispensable stage in our quest for a critical "dialogue" with the past century, and its many strengths lie in its concentration upon its sources.”

- David Charlton, University of East Anglia, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Volume 117, Part 1, 1992