Spontini’s Lalla Rûkh and the Response of European Composers to Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh

Sarah McCleave, Triona O'Hanlon

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On 27 January 1821, Gaspare Spontini, as Kapellmeister to the Prussian monarch Karl Wilhelm III, produced a Festspiel or tableau vivants entitled Lalla Rûkh at the Royal Palace in Berlin. Its performers were drawn from the Royal families of Britain as well as Prussia and Russia, and so it was a social occasion of some importance. The potential of Moore's work to act as a stimulus for contemporary European composers will be explored, with particular reference to the type of musical networks that existed for domestic, chamber, and theatre music at the time. As part of the larger Horizon 2020 project ERIN, this paper will begin to identify the musical and social networks that permitted Moore’s literary work to enjoy a wide-spread and broadly-based presence in 19th century European cultural life.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017
EventLalla Rookh Bicentenary Symposium - Marsh's Library, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 27 May 201727 May 2017


ConferenceLalla Rookh Bicentenary Symposium

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  • Thomas Moore
  • Lalla Rookh
  • publishing -- 19th century
  • music -- 19th century

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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