Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191610943
Release Date: 2010-09-02
Genre: History

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.

Music in the London Theatre from Purcell to Handel

Author: Colin Timms
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108124560
Release Date: 2017-06-29
Genre: Music

This book is concerned with a hundred years of musical drama in England. It charts the development of the genre from the theatre works of Henry Purcell (and his contemporaries) to the dramatic oratorios of George Frideric Handel (and his). En route it investigates the objections to all-sung drama in English that were articulated in the decades around 1700, various proposed solutions, the importation of Italian opera, and the creation of the dramatic oratorio - English drama, all-sung but not staged. Most of the constituent essays take an in-depth look at a particular aspect of the process, while others draw attention to dramatic qualities in non-dramatic works that also were performed in the theatre. The journey from Purcell to Handel illustrates the vigour and vitality of English theatrical and musical traditions, and Handel's dramatic oratorios and other settings of English words answer questions posed before he was born.

The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World

Author: Fiona Macintosh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199548101
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Literary Criticism

When the eighteenth-century choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre sought to develop what is now known as modern ballet, he turned to ancient pantomime as his source of inspiration; and when Isadora Duncan and her contemporaries looked for alternatives to the strictures of classical ballet, they looked to ancient Greek vases for models for what they termed 'natural' movement. This is the first book to examine systematically the long history of the impact of ideas about ancient Greek and Roman dance on modern theatrical and choreographic practices. With contributions from eminent classical scholars, dance historians, theatre specialists, modern literary critics, and art historians, as well as from contemporary practitioners, it offers a very wide conspectus on an under-explored but central aspect of classical reception, dance and theatre history, and the history of ideas.

Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera

Author: Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107137899
Release Date: 2016-10-31
Genre: Music

Examining the evolving practices in music, librettos, choreographed dance, and staging throughout the history of French Baroque opera.

The Politics of Appropriation

Author: Jason Geary
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199736119
Release Date: 2014-01
Genre: History

This book explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural and national identity.

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199978823
Release Date: 2012-03-05
Genre: History

Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

Textual Intersections

Author: Rachael Langford
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042027312
Release Date: 2009-01
Genre: Art

This volume examines the multifaceted ways in which textual material in nineteenth-century European cultures intersected with non-literary cultural artefacts and concepts. The essays consider the presence of such diverse phenomena as the dandy, nationhood, diasporic identity, operatic and dramatic personae and effects, trapeze artists, paintings, and the grotesque and fantastic in the work of a variety of writers from France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Russia, Greece and Italy. The volume argues for a view of the long nineteenth century as a century of lively cultural dialogue and exchange between national and sub-national cultures, between 'high' and popular art forms, and between different genres and different media, and it will be of interest to general readers and scholars alike.

Harrison Birtwistle s Operas and Music Theatre

Author: David Beard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139789080
Release Date: 2012-10-25
Genre: Music

David Beard presents the first definitive survey of Harrison Birtwistle's music for the opera house and theatre, from his smaller-scale works, such as Down by the Greenwood Side and Bow Down, to the full-length operas, such as Punch and Judy, The Mask of Orpheus and Gawain. Blending source study with both music analysis and cultural criticism, the book focuses on the sometimes tense but always revealing relationship between abstract musical processes and the practical demands of narrative drama, while touching on theories of parody, narrative, pastoral, film, the body and community. Each stage work is considered in terms of its own specific musico-dramatic themes, revealing how compositional scheme and dramatic conception are intertwined from the earliest stages of a project's genesis. The study draws on a substantial body of previously undocumented primary sources and goes beyond previous studies of the composer's output to include works unveiled from 2000 onwards.

The Context of Ancient Drama

Author: Eric Csapo
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472082752
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

An easy-to-use guide to the nature and stagecraft of ancient plays

Distance Theatre and the Public Voice 1750 1850

Author: M. Nuss
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137291417
Release Date: 2012-12-05
Genre: History

As theatres expanded in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the distance between actor and audience became a telling metaphor for the distance emerging between writers and readers. Nuss explores the ways in which theatre helped authors imagine connecting with a new mass audience.

Choruses Ancient and Modern

Author: Joshua Billings
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199670574
Release Date: 2013-09-19
Genre: History

The ancient singing and dancing chorus has exerted a powerful influence in the modern world. This is the first book to look systematically at the points of similarity and difference between ancient and modern choruses, across time and place, in their ancient contexts in modern theatre, opera, dance, musical theatre, and in political debate.

Mime Music and Drama on the Eighteenth Century Stage

Author: Edward Nye
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139497497
Release Date: 2011-07-21
Genre: Drama

The 'ballet d'action' was one of the most successful and controversial forms of theatre in the early modern period. A curious hybrid of dance, mime and music, its overall and overriding intention was to create drama. It was danced drama rather than dramatic dance, musical drama rather than dramatic music. Most modern critical studies of the ballet d'action treat it more narrowly as stage dance and very few view it as part of the history of mime. Little use has previously been made of the most revealing musical evidence. This innovative book does justice to the distinctive hybrid nature of the ballet d'action by taking a comparative approach, using contemporary literature and literary criticism, music, mime and dance from a wide range of English and European sources. Edward Nye presents a fascinating study of this important and influential part of eighteenth-century European theatre.

The Gilded Stage

Author: Daniel Snowman
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781848874367
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: History

The Gilded Stage is a comprehensive tour of the world of opera. From its origins in the courts of northern Italy, to its internationally recognised position in modern culture, Snowman explores the social history of opera houses and impresarios, composers and patrons, artists and audiences. Even the most flamboyant composers could scarcely have imagined the global reach of opera in our own times. More opera is performed, financed, seen, heard, filmed and broadcast than ever before, and the world's leading performers are worshipped and paid like pop stars. Yet the art form is widely derided as 'elitist' and parts of the classical recording business appear close to bankruptcy. Pinpointing the scandals, forgotten history and key revolutions in the form with light erudition and a brilliant anecdotal eye, Daniel Snowman reveals that the world of opera has always known crisis and uncertainty - and the resulting struggles have often proved every bit as dramatic as those portrayed onstage.

Drama Philosophy Politics in Ancient Greece Contexts and Receptions eBook

Author: Montserrat Reig & Xavier Riu
Publisher: Edicions Universitat Barcelona
ISBN: 9788447537952
Release Date: 2014-03-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book is focused mainly, though not exclusively, on ancient Greek drama. It aims at examining the integration of various kinds of texts in the society and the whole body of discourses of their time, as well as in the previous and later tradition. Each chapter analyses one particular case of such integrations and is a sample of the new ways to explore the relationship between texts and literary genres. On the whole the book shows why we need to find more complex ways to describe the relationship between texts and genres in ancient Greece, and to refine the distinction between the various periods of ancient Greek culture. ; Aquest llibre se centra principalment però no en exclusiva en el teatre grec antic, per tal d’examinar com s’insereixen determinats textos en la societat i en el conjunt dels discursos del seu temps, així com en la tradició anterior i posterior. Cada capítol analitza un cas d’aquestes diverses insercions i és una mostra de les noves maneres d’enfocar la relació entre textos i gèneres literaris. En conjunt el llibre explica per què avui dia necessitem dibuixar un quadre molt més complex de les relacions entre els gèneres i afinar la distinció entre els diversos períodes de la història de la cultura grega.