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"Giselle" Libretto?

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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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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.

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

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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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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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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...

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

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A sidelight on Heine's work: He wrote it in part to counterbalance a ca. 1812 book by Mme. de Staël (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!

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

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