The Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater

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Univ of California Press, 2018 - Drama - 284 pages
The Music of Tragedy offers a new approach to the study of classical Greek theater by examining the use of musical language, imagery, and performance in the late work of Euripides. Naomi Weiss demonstrates that Euripides’ allusions to music-making are not just metatheatrical flourishes or gestures towards musical and religious practices external to the drama but closely interwoven with the dramatic plot. Situating Euripides’ experimentation with the dramaturgical effects of mousike within a broader cultural context, she shows how much of his novelty lies in his reinvention of traditional lyric styles and motifs for the tragic stage. If we wish to understand better the trajectories of this most important ancient art form, The Music of Tragedy argues, we must pay closer attention to the role played by both music and text.
 

Contents

In Search of Tragedys Music
1
Chorus Character and Plot in Electra
59
Musical Absence in Trojan Women
100
Protean Singers and the Shaping of Narrative in Helen
140
From Choreia to Monody in Iphigenia in Aulis
191
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Works Cited
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General Index
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Index Locorum
277
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Naomi A. Weiss is Assistant Professor of Classics at Harvard University. She has published widely on ancient Greek poetry and performance culture, especially tragedy.

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