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Composed in 1906 1908 to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Elektra scandalized audiences of the day with its horrific retelling of the Greek story and its startling level of dissonance. Today, with the shock of the new worn off and the once-fearful dissonance now widely accepted, the score can be more easily appreciated for its extravagant invention of musical ideas and virtuosic use of instrumental sonorities to characterize both persons and actions. Further, in his use of a single germinal chord which pervades the entire score, Strauss anticipated a technique used by later 20th-century composers.Now a landmark of modern opera, Elektra is among the best-known of Strauss's works. In this remarkably inexpensive Dover volume, it is reprinted, complete and unabridged, directly from the authoritative Furstner edition. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780486265384
ISBN-10: 0486265382
Format: Paperback
(238mm x 311mm x 21mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Strauss Richard

A German composer and conductor of the late Romantic and early Modern eras, Richard Strauss (1864 1949) is particularly celebrated for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems."