From Lodoiska to Les deux journées: songs of a solitary wayfarer

A sociological essay on the ‘pièce a sauvetage’ in the Paris of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. Examines the dramaturgical content – both formal and musical – of Cherubini, and considers its emergence from such operas as Démophoon, Lodoiska, and Les deux journées, with these operas then being compared with such genres as opéra-comique, sentimental domestic comedy (comédie larmoyante), tragédie-lyrique, grand opera, and the operas of Gluck.