Richard Strauss's "Elektra"
By (author) Bryan Gilliam
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Richard Strauss's Elektra by Bryan Gilliam
Book DescriptionElektra was the fourth of fifteen operas by Strauss and opened his successful partnership with the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It is one of the most important operas of the early twentieth century and it solidified Strauss's status as the leading German opera-composer of his day. Bryan Gilliam's study of this major work examines its musical-historical context and also provides a detailed analysis of some of its musical features. He establishes a chronology of the evolution of the opera and places it in the larger framework of German opera of the time. His detailed examination of the sketch-books enables him to offer fresh insight into Strauss's use of motifs and overall tonal structure. In so doing he shows how the work's arresting dissonance and chromaticism has hidden its similarities to his later, seemingly more tonally conservative opera, Der Rosenkavalier - not only does Strauss in both operas exploit a variety of musical styles to express irony, parody, and other emotions, but both are in fact thoroughly tonal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198166023
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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