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Mythology & Music
The Orpheus Myth and the powers of music by Vladimir L. Marchenkov
Publication Date: 2009-03-17
This book examines the key turning points in the history of the Orpheus myth as factors that shaped, and continues to shape, our conceptions of music's powers. From its beginnings in archaic Antiquity to the latest major opera based on it, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been used by poets, philosophers, and musicians to express an increasingly complex set of ideas about what music can do. The study follows three threads in the myth's history: changes in form, cultural status, and the resulting visions of the powers of song.
The Cambridge Companion to Wagner by Thomas S. Grey (Editor)
Publication Date: 2008-09-11
Richard Wagner is remembered as one of the most influential figures in music and theatre, but his place in history has been marked by a considerable amount of controversy. His attitudes towards the Jews and the appropriation of his operas by the Nazis, for example, have helped to construct a historical persona that sits uncomfortably with modern sensibilities. Yet Wagner's absolutely central position in the operatic canon continues. This volume serves as a timely reminder of his ongoing musical, cultural, and political impact.
The Birth of Tragedy and the Case of Wagner by Friedrich Nietzsche
Publication Date: 1967-04-12
Two representative and important works in one volume by one of the greatest German philosophers. The Birth of Tragedy (1872) was Nietzsche's first book. Its youthful faults were exposed by Nietzsche in the brilliant "Attempt at a Self-Criticism" which he added to the new edition of 1886. But the book, whatever its excesses, remains one of the most relevant statements on tragedy ever penned. It exploded the conception of Greek culture that was prevalent down through the Victorian era, and it sounded themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, existentialists, psychoanalysts, and others.
Grand & glorious by Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Publication Date: 1994
Contents: Acis and Galatea. Happy we! / Handel -- Dido and Aeneas. When I am laid in earth ; With drooping wings / Purcell -- Boris Godunov. Zhivi i zdravstvui : coronation scene / Moussorgsky -- Carmen. Les voici / Bizet -- Fidelio. O welche Lust : prisoners'chorus / Beethoven -- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Wach' auf! ; Lohengrin. Treulich geführt : bridal chorus ; Tannhäuser. Beglückt' darf nun dich : Pilgrims' chorus ; Freudig begrüssen wir : entrance of the guests / Wagner -- Il Trovatore. Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie : anvil chorus / Verdi -- Don Pasquale. Que interminabile andirivieni : servants' chorus / Donizetti -- Rigoletto. Zitti, zitti : conspirators' chorus ; Nabucco. Va, pensiero : chorus of Hebrew slaves / Verdi -- Cavalleria rusticana. Regina coeli / Mascagni.
The Figure of Dido in French Drama and French Music: interpretations of the tragic love story of a legendary heroine
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Here for the first time, the various French treatments of Dido's tragic story in both drama and music, most of which are little known today, are brought together, examined, compared, and evaluated. In Virgil's Aeneid, the evocation of Dido's great and fateful passion had an impact that has continued to reverberate over two millennia. Among the vast array of artistic creations that Dido has inspired are a number of French tragedies and musical works from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Music of the Sirens by Linda Phyllis Austern (Editor); Inna Naroditskaya
Publication Date: 2006-07-21
Whether referred to as mermaid, usalka, mami wata, or by some other name, and whether considered an imaginary being or merely a person with extraordinary abilities, the siren is the remarkable creature that has inspired music and its representations from ancient Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. This book, co-edited by a historical musicologist and an ethnomusicologist, brings together leading scholars and some talented newcomers in classics, music, media studies, literature, and cultural studies to consider the siren and her multifaceted relationships to music across human time and geography.
(Dis)Embodying Myths in Ancien RéGime Opera: multidisciplinary perspectives by Bruno Forment
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Throughout the Ancient 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. This book highlights myth's chameleonic life in the Italian 'dramma per musica' and French 'tragédie en musique' of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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