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"Giselle" Libretto?


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#1 blistboy

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 05:51 PM

Where and how can one go about finding an English translation of Gautier's libretto for "Giselle"? And an english translation of Henrich Heine's essay "D'allemagne"?

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:55 PM

Hi, blistboy, and welcome to Ballet Alert!

I can't help you, but perhaps one of our experts in the art's history can point you in a productive direction.

#3 doug

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:05 PM

See Marian Smith's book, Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle.

#4 Mel Johnson

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

And if you're looking for the Heine, it's "De L'Allemagne", "About Germany", part of a two-volume anthology he wrote in 1835.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:52 AM

i don't have my copy to hand, but i believe it's also included in THE BALLET CALLED 'GISELLE' by Cyril Beaumont - which has been reprinted more than once and which is also in paper, or at least was.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:07 AM

i don't have my copy to hand, but i believe it's also included in THE BALLET CALLED 'GISELLE' by Cyril Beaumont - which has been reprinted more than once and which is also in paper, or at least was.


It is...

#7 Mel Johnson

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:22 AM

A sidelight on Heine's work: He wrote it in part to counterbalance a ca. 1812 book by Mme. de StaŽl (same title) which he found too old-fashioned and sentimental. Don't get stuck looking for that earlier book.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:34 AM

A sidelight on Heine's work: He wrote it in part to counterbalance a ca. 1812 book by Mme. de StaŽl (same title) which he found too old-fashioned and sentimental. Don't get stuck looking for that earlier book.


You know, it's such a treat to learn that there's another source out there, and that you *don't* have to dig it out!

#9 Mel Johnson

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:37 AM

The problem with the de StaŽl is that it contains nothing at all about Wilis!


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