Opera From the Greek

response to Greek subject matter and the form and style of Greek tragic drama.43 Calzabigi outlined Gluck's ideals on his behalf in the preface to Alceste, which was Gluck's first opera based on a libretto adapted from a Greek tragedy.

Author: Michael Ewans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351555766

Category: Music

Page: 226

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Michael Ewans explores how classical Greek tragedy and epic poetry have been appropriated in opera, through eight selected case studies. These range from Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, drawn from Homer's Odyssey, to Mark-Antony Turnage's Greek, based on Sophocles's Oedipus the King. Choices have been based on an understanding that the relationship between each of the operas and their Greek source texts raise significant issues, involving an examination of the process by which the librettist creates a new text for the opera, and the crucial insights into the nature of the drama that are bestowed by the composer's musical setting. Ewans examines the issues through a comparative analysis of significant divergences of plot, character and dramatic strategy between source text, libretto and opera.


Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

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 ...

Author: Peter Brown

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.





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876 HOMER . Opera omnia . [ Greek . ] 2 vols . 4to . ( Barth . Gravius ) Rutger Rescius . Louvain , 1535 HOMER . Ilias et Odysseia . [ Greek . ] [ Edited by the Right Hon . T. GRENVILLE , R. PORSON , W. CLEAVER , and others . ) 4 vols .

Author: John Rylands Library

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