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Cendrillon watercolors and sketches

Cendrillon watercolors and sketches

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cendrillon watercolors and sketches
Creator: Unknown
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1950
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.2 Linear Feet 1 oversized box
Collection Number: ms2638
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Cendrillon is a chamber comic opera with dialogue in three acts by Pauline Viardot based on the story of Cinderella. The work, for a cast of seven with piano orchestration, premiered in Viardot's Paris salon on 23 April 1904, when she was 83, and was published later that year. Historians are unsure of when the opera was actually composed, although it is thought to be after the death of Viardot's friend (and possibly her lover) Ivan Turgenev in 1883 as he did not write the libretto. It has been described as "a retelling of the Cinderella story with Gallic wit, Italianate bel canto, and a quirkiness all her (Viardot's) own." The plot remains relatively faithful to Perrault's original fairy tale, but takes a much more lighthearted approach than the other operatic adaptations by Massenet, Rossini and Isouard. The evil stepmother is replaced with a bumbling and clueless stepfather and the Fairy Godmother (La Fe�e) actually appears as a guest at the party and entertains the guests with a song. A full performance of the opera lasts a little over an hour.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of fifty watercolor and gouache sketches of set and costume designs from the production of Cendrillon.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cendrillon watercolors and sketches, ms2638, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Costume design.
Gouache painting.
Motion pictures -- Art direction.
Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703 -- Cendrillon--Adaptations
Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703 -- Cendrillon--Dramatic production
Watercolor painting.

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