Reading Opera between the Lines: Orchestral Interludes and Cultural Meaning from Wagner to Berg

Reading Opera between the Lines: Orchestral Interludes and Cultural Meaning from Wagner to Berg

by Christopher Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521807387

ISBN-13: 9780521807388

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A characteristic feature of Wagnerian and post-Wagnerian opera is the tendency to link scenes with numerous and often surprisingly lengthy orchestral interludes, frequently performed with the curtain closed. Often taken for granted or treated as a filler by audiences and critics, these interludes can take on very prominent roles, representing dream sequences,

Overview

A characteristic feature of Wagnerian and post-Wagnerian opera is the tendency to link scenes with numerous and often surprisingly lengthy orchestral interludes, frequently performed with the curtain closed. Often taken for granted or treated as a filler by audiences and critics, these interludes can take on very prominent roles, representing dream sequences, journeys and sexual encounters. Combining studies of individual musical texts with an investigation of the critical discourse surrounding the operas, Christopher Morris investigates the implications of these important but strangely overlooked passages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521807388
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Series, #8
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. A walk on the wild side; 2. What the conductor saw; 3. Lost in the forest; 4. 'Sympathy with death'; 5. 'A torrent of unsettling sounds'; 6. Wagner and 'invisible theatre'; Conclusion: 'innocence among opposites'; Bibliography; Index.

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