Richard Strauss: Salome

Richard Strauss: Salome

by Derrick Puffett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521359708

ISBN-13: 9780521359702

Pub. Date: 11/28/1989

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This full-length study of Salome is the first in English since Lawrence Gilman's introductory guide of 1907. The handbook presents an informative collection of historical, critical and analytical studies of one of Strauss's most familiar operas. Classic essays by Mario Praz and Richard Ellmann cover the literary background. How Strauss adopted Wilde's play for his

Overview

This full-length study of Salome is the first in English since Lawrence Gilman's introductory guide of 1907. The handbook presents an informative collection of historical, critical and analytical studies of one of Strauss's most familiar operas. Classic essays by Mario Praz and Richard Ellmann cover the literary background. How Strauss adopted Wilde's play for his libretto is discussed by Roland Tenschert in a fascinating essay which has been updated by Derrick Puffett. In three central analytical chapters, Derrick Puffett considers Salome in relation to Wagnerian music drama, Tethys Carpenter examines its tonal and dramatic structure, and Craig Ayrey analyses the final monologue. The last part of the book moves from analysis to criticism, with a review by John Williamson of the opera's critical reception and an interpretative essay by Robin Holloway. The book also contains a synopsis, bibliography, and discography; Strauss's little-known scenario for the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' is reprinted as an appendix.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521359702
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1989
Series:
Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Table of Contents

General preface; List of illustrations; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Part I. Overtures to Salome: 1. Salome in literary tradition Mario Praz; 2. Overtures to Wilde's Salome Richard Ellman; 3. Strauss as librettist Roland Tenschert; Postscript Derrick Puffett; Part II. The Music: 4. Synopsis; 5. Salome as music drama; 6. Tonal and dramatic structure Tethys Carpenter; 7. Salome's final monologue Craig Ayrey; Part III. Criticism: 8. Critical reception John Williamson; 9. Salome: art or kitsch? Robin Holloway; Postlude: Images of Salome; Appendix A: Strauss's scenario for the 'Dance of the Seven Veils'; Appendix B: From the diary of Luigi Dallapiccola; Bibliography; Discography Malcolm Walker; Index.

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