VI Beyond Opera

Since the middle of the eighteenth century, the vital development of music theater genres through their being embedded in new contexts has led to completely new media constellations for music (ballet d’action, incidental music). This “medium exchange,” in which music is subjected to new musical dramatic situations, was significantly enriched in the twentieth century by the convergence of new media, such as film, with music. With the compositions brought together in this module, different media contexts meet, each in its own way, with the result that each of these compositions presents new and alternative challenges for a critical edition.