Richard Strauss

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CUP Archive, 1985 - Music - 152 pages
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This book describes the pre-eminent achievement from the first years of collaboration between two great artists of the twentieth century, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss. It explains how the poet drew upon a wealth of classical and literary sources to fashion his vivid characters, and how the composer further enhanced their lifelike charm in his potent and often magical score. An explanation of the psychological undertones of the libretto is supplemented by an appendix on Hofmannsthal's use of language. Critical comments and attacks on Der Rosenkavalier from its premiere to recent times are described and assessed, and the opera's stage history is recounted. The long central chapter of the book, adapted by Norman Del Mar from his celebrated three-volume study of the composer, combines musical analysis with a detailed synopsis. An appendix discusses versions of the opera as film and play. The book includes a bibliography and a detailed discography.
 

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Contents

The sources
12
Synopsis and analysis
21
Staging the opera
79
The critical view
98
Interpretation
109
Appendix A The language of Der Rosenkavalier
120
Notes
136
Bibliography
142
Index
150
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