Music and the Melodramatic Aesthetic

Welcome to Music and the Melodramatic Aesthetic

The early nineteenth-century stage genre of melodrama presented its audiences with clear and unambiguous visible and audible signs expressing the moral struggle between good and evil. Physical gesture, mise en scène and music were as important in communicating meaning as spoken dialogue.


About the project

This AHRC-funded project (2007/08) challenges the neglect of the role of music in melodrama, and explores the implications of reconfiguring the genre as an organic performance process in which music plays an essential role.


Browse a collection of our videos relating to melodrama on stage, on screen, and in opera.


Visit Sarah Hibberd's Music and Melodrama blog.




Music and the Melodramatic Aesthetic

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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