Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

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Author: Peter Brown,Suzana Suzana OgrajenŠek

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191610941

Category: History

Page: 480

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Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the fields of Classics, Musicology, Dance Studies, English Literature, Modern Languages, and Theatre Studies provides an exceptionally wide-ranging and detailed overview of the relationship between the two genres. Since tragedies have played a much larger part than comedies in this branch of operatic history, the volume mostly concentrates on the tragic repertoire, but a chapter on musical versions of Aristophanes' Lysistrata is included, as well as discussions of incidental music, a very important part of the musical reception of ancient drama, from Andrea Gabrieli in 1585 to Harrison Birtwistle and Judith Weir in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

(Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

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Author: Bruno Forment

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9058679004

Category: Music

Page: 184

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Throughout the Ancien Régime, mythology played a vital role in opera, defining such epoch-making works as Claudio Monteverdi's La favola d'Orfeo (1607) and Christoph Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (1779). The operatic presence of the Greco-Roman gods and heroes was anything but unambiguous or unproblematic, however. (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera highlights myth's chameleonic life in the Italian dramma per musica and French tragédie en musique of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Written by eminent scholars in the fields of music, literature, theater, and cultural studies, the six chapters of this book address a series of important questions: Through what ideological lenses did the Ancien Régime perceive an ancient legacy that was fundamentally pagan and fictitious, as opposed to Christian and rationalistic? What dramaturgies did librettists and composers devise to adapt mythical topics to altering philosophical and aesthetic doctrines? Were the ancients' precepts obeyed or precisely overridden by the age of 'classicism'? And how could myths be made to fit changing modes of spectatorship? (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera will appeal to all music, literature, and art lovers seeking to deepen their knowledge of an increasingly popular repertoire. Contributors: G. Burgess, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; R. C. Ketterer, University of Iowa; J.-F. Lattarico, Université Jean-Monnet, Saint-Étienne; R. Strohm, University of Oxford; B. van Oostveldt, University of Amsterdam

Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

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Author: Helene P. Foley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520953657

Category: History

Page: 396

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This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance, but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources—archival, video, interviews, and reviews—Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.

Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatre

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Author: David Beard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521895340

Category: Music

Page: 469

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A definitive source study of the stage works of Harrison Birtwistle, one of Britain's foremost living composers.

The Politics of Appropriation

German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy

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Author: Jason Geary

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199736111

Category: History

Page: 268

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This book explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural and national identity.

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

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Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199978824

Category: History

Page: 304

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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

Textual Intersections

Literature, History and the Arts in Nineteenth-century Europe

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Author: Rachael Langford

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042027312

Category: Art

Page: 231

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This volume examines the multifaceted ways in which textual material in nineteenth-century European cultures intersected with non-literary cultural artefacts and concepts. The essays consider the presence of such diverse phenomena as the dandy, nationhood, diasporic identity, operatic and dramatic personae and effects, trapeze artists, paintings, and the grotesque and fantastic in the work of a variety of writers from France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Russia, Greece and Italy. The volume argues for a view of the long nineteenth century as a century of lively cultural dialogue and exchange between national and sub-national cultures, between 'high' and popular art forms, and between different genres and different media, and it will be of interest to general readers and scholars alike.

The Context of Ancient Drama

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Author: Eric Csapo,William J. Slater,William Slater

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472082759

Category: History

Page: 435

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An easy-to-use guide to the nature and stagecraft of ancient plays

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric

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Author: David Sansone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118358376

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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Asserts a novel and controversial theory on the origins of rhetoric that differs radically from the standard view Argues that it was the theatre of Ancient Greece, first appearing around 500 BC, that prompted the development of formalized rhetoric, which evolved soon thereafter Provides a cogent reworking of existing evidence Reveals the bias and inconsistency of Aristotle

Modern Architecture in Theatre

The Experiments of Art et Action

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Author: A. Read

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137368683

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 139

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If the city is the theatre of urban life, how does architecture act in its many performances? This book reconstructs the spatial experiments of Art et Action, a theatre troupe active in 1920s Paris, and how their designs for theater buildings show how the performance spaces interacted with actors and spectators according to their type.

The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought

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Author: Fiona Hobden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107026660

Category: History

Page: 299

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This book provides nsights into the symposion's importance in Greek culture by tracing the discursive power of its representations.

Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Ancient Drama in the Commercial Theater, 1882-1994

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Author: Karelisa Hartigan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313292835

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 161

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This assemblage of the performance history of Greek tragedies produced on the American commercial stage with accompanying critics' comments reflects the changes in the social and political climate in each decade of the last century.

Masques, Mayings and Music-dramas

Vaughan Williams and the Early Twentieth-century Stage

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Author: Roger Savage

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843839199

Category: Music

Page: 390

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In-depth case-studies of significant aspects of early twentieth-century English music-theatre, which engage with notions of Englishness and the idea of a 'musical renaissance'

Musicology: The Key Concepts

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Author: David Beard,Kenneth Gloag

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131729808X

Category: Music

Page: 376

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Now in an updated 2nd edition, Musicology: The Key Concepts is a handy A-Z reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Drawing on critical theory with a focus on new musicology, this updated edition contains over 35 new entries including: Autobiography Music and Conflict Deconstruction Postcolonialism Disability Music after 9/11 Masculinity Gay Musicology Aesthetics Ethnicity Interpretation Subjectivity With all entries updated, and suggestions for further reading throughout, this text is an essential resource for all students of music, musicology, and wider performance related humanities disciplines.

Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

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Author: Louis Bayman

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865643X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Italian cinemas after the war were filled by audiences who had come to watch domestically-produced films of passion and pathos. These highly emotional and consciously theatrical melodramas posed moral questions with stylish flair, redefining popular ways of feeling about romance, family, gender, class, Catholicism, Italy, and feeling itself. The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama argues for the centrality of melodrama to Italian culture. It uncovers a wealth of films rarely discussed before including family melodramas, the crime stories of neorealismo popolare and opera films, and provides interpretive frameworks that position them in wider debates on aesthetics and society. The book also considers the well-established topics of realism and arthouse auteurism, and re-thinks film history by investigating the presence of melodrama in neorealism and post-war modernism. It places film within its broader cultural context to trace the connections of canonical melodramatists like Visconti and Matarazzo to traditions of opera, the musical theatre of the sceneggiata, visual arts, and magazines. In so doing it seeks to capture the artistry and emotional experiences found within a truly popular form.

A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater

Revised Edition

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Author: Graham Ley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226477614

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 126

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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, continue to draw new audiences to ancient Greek drama. With observations on all aspects of performance, this volume fills their need for a clear, concise account of what is known about the original conditions of such productions in the age of Pericles. Reexamining the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, Graham Ley here discusses acting technique, scenery, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in their plays. In addition to photos of scenes from Greek vases that document theatrical performance, this new edition includes notes on ancient mime and puppetry and how to read Greek playtexts as scripts, as well as an updated bibliography. An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies, also published by the University of Chicago Press, Ley’s work is a concise and informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama. "Anyone faced with Athenian tragedy or comedy for the first time, in or out of the classroom, would do well to start with A Short Introduction to Ancient Greek Theater."—Didaskalia

The Politics of Immorality in Ancient Rome

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Author: Catharine Edwards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521893893

Category: History

Page: 229

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The decadence and depravity of the ancient Romans are a commonplace of serious history, popular novels and spectacular films. This book is concerned not with the question of how immoral the ancient Romans were but why the literature they produced is so preoccupied with immorality. The modern image of immoral Rome derives from ancient accounts which are largely critical rather than celebratory. Upper-class Romans habitually accused one another of the most lurid sexual and sumptuary improprieties. Historians and moralists lamented the vices of their contemporaries and mourned for the virtues of a vanished age. Far from being empty commonplaces these assertions constituted a powerful discourse through which Romans negotiated conflicts and tensions in their social and political order. This study proceeds by a detailed examination of a wide range of ancient texts (all of which are translated) exploring the dynamics of their rhetoric, as well as the ends to which they were deployed. Roman moralising discourse, the author suggests, may be seen as especially concerned with the articulation of anxieties about gender, social status and political power. Individual chapters focus on adultery, effeminacy, the immorality of the Roman theatre, luxurious buildings and the dangers of pleasure. This book should appeal to students and scholars of classical literature and ancient history. It will also attract anthropologists and social and cultural historians.