Gretry's lament


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History Today
Vol. 63, no. 9 (September 2013), p. 31-38


Reaction to the death 200 years ago this month of Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry far exceeded the fame of the belgian born composer during his lifetime. The cult like status he achieved beyond the grave reflects the power of music in turbulent times and reveals new attitudes to mourning, says James Arnold