National Traditions in Nineteenth-Century Opera, Volume II: Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

National Traditions in Nineteenth-Century Opera, Volume II

Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael C. Tusa


530 pages

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This volume offers a cross-section of English-language scholarship on German and Slavonic operatic repertories of the "long nineteenth century," giving particular emphasis to four areas: German opera in the first half of the nineteenth century; the works of Richard Wagner after 1848; Russian opera between Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov; and the operas of Richard Strauss and Janácek. The essays reflect diverse methods, ranging from stylistic, philological, and historical approaches to those rooted in hermeneutics, critical theory, and post-modernist inquiry.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I German Opera in the Early 19th Century: The arias of Marzelline: Beethoven as a composer of opera, Philip Gossett; New light(s) on Weber's Wolf's Glen scene, Anthony Newcomb; Richard Wagner and Weber's Euryanthe, Michael C. Tusa. Part II Wagner: The Ring and the conditions of interpretation: Wagner's writing, 1848 to 1852, James Treadwell; …wie ein rother Faden: on the origins of 'leitmotif' as critical construct and musical practice, Thomas Grey; The structure of the Ring and its evolution, Robert Bailey; Dramatic recapitulation in Wagner's Götterdämmerung, William Kinderman; Wagner, 'On modulation' and Tristan, Carolyn Abbate; Death drive: Eros and Thanatos in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon; Constructing Nuremberg: typological and proleptic communities in Die Meistersinger, Arthur Groos; Amfortas's Prayer to Titurel and the role of D in Parsifal: the tonal spaces of the drama and the enharmonic C-flat/B, David Lewin; Strange love or, how we learned to stop worrying and love Wagner's Parsifal, John Deathridge. Part III Russian Opera: On Ruslan and Russianness, Marina Frolova-Walker; Mussorgsky's Boris on the stage of the Maryinsky Theater: a chronicle of the first production, Robert William Oldani; Mussorgsky's libretti on historical themes: from the two Borises to Khovanshchina, Caryl Emerson; The semiotics of symmetry, or Rimsky-Korsakov's operatic history lesson, Simon Morrison. Part IV Strauss and Janácek: Strauss and the pervert, Sander L. Gilman; Fin-de-siècle fantasies: Elektra and the culture of supremacism, Lawrence Kramer; Janácek's speech-melody theory in concept and practice, Paul Wingfield; Evasive realism: narrative construction in Dostoyevsky's and Janácek's 'From the House of the Dead', Geoffrey Chew and Robert Vilain; Name Index.

About the Editor

Michael C. Tusa, Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA

About the Series

The Ashgate Library of Essays in Opera Studies

The Ashgate Library of Essays in Opera Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera