Richard Strauss: Salome

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 19, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
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This full-length study of Salome is the first in English since Lawrence Gilman's introductory guide of 1907. The handbook presents an informative collection of historical, critical and analytical studies of one of Strauss's most familiar operas. Classic essays by Mario Praz and Richard Ellmann cover the literary background. How Strauss adopted Wilde's play for his libretto is discussed by Roland Tenschert in a fascinating essay which has been updated by Derrick Puffett. In three central analytical chapters, Derrick Puffett considers Salome in relation to Wagnerian music drama, Tethys Carpenter examines its tonal and dramatic structure, and Craig Ayrey analyses the final monologue. The last part of the book moves from analysis to criticism, with a review by John Williamson of the opera's critical reception and an interpretative essay by Robin Holloway. The book also contains a synopsis, bibliography, and discography; Strauss's little-known scenario for the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' is reprinted as an appendix.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Overtures to Salome
11
Overtures to Wildes Salome
21
Strauss as librettist
36
The music
51
Salome as music drama
58
Tonal and dramatic structure
88
Salomes final monologue
109
Salome art or kitsch?
145
images of Salome
161
Strauses scenario for the Dance of the Seven Veils
165
From the diary of Luigi Dallapiccola
168
Notes
170
Bibliography
197
Discography
202
Index
206

Criticism
131

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