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The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss

The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss

The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss

The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss

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Richard Strauss contributed music to several ballets during his career, collaborating with prominent dance artists of his time. His ballets include an unfinished Die Insel Kythere (The Island of Cythera), 1900], inspired by French Rococo paintings; Josephslegende (The Legend of Joseph, 1914), choreographed by Léonide Massine for the Ballets Russes; a 1923 Ballettsoirée with dances by Heinrich Kröller, showcasing the Vienna Ballet and including Strauss's arrangements of music by François Couperin; Schlagobers (Whipped Cream, 1924), a "Comic Viennese Ballet" choreographed by Kröller; and Verklungene Feste: Tanzvisionen aus Zwei Jahrhunderten (Faded Celebrations: Dance Visions from Two Centuries, 1941), premiered in Munich with meta-historical dances by the dancer-choreographer team Pia and Pino Mlakar.
In The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss, Heisler considers Strauss's ballet scores alongside story, mise-en-scène, and choreography, revealing Strauss's shift from a parodic conception of classical dance in the years leading up to World War I to a belatedobsession with Romantic-era ballet in its aftermath. Heisler explores issues central to Strauss's relationship to modernism: his mining in Die Insel Kythere (1900) of the decorative aspects of dance, suggesting a shared sensibility with fin-de-siècle Jugendstil and a critique of Romanticism; the dynamics of collective creation and Strauss's penchant for parody in relation to Josephslegende (1914); his stance on interwar cultural politics through the 1923 Ballettsoirée and Schlagobers (1924); and Verklungene Feste (1941) as this composer's autumnal meditation on the conceit of music and dance as vehicles for transcendence. The Ballet Collaborations of Richard Strauss is a richly interdisciplinary study that promises to nuance the popular, critical, and academic reception of this ever-popular composer.

Wayne Heisler Jr. is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Historical and Cultural Studies in Music at The College of New Jersey.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580463218
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 08/15/2009
Series: Eastman Studies in Music , #64
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Richard Strauss, Dance, and Ballet
Strauss en route to Die Insel Kythere (The Isle of Cythera, 1900)
Josephslegende (The Legend of Joseph, 1914), Léonide Massine, and the Music Box Dancer
The Strauss-Heinrich Kröller Ballettsoirée (1923) and Interwar Viennese Cultural Politics
Kitsch and Schlagobers (Whipped Cream, 1924)
Verstrausster Couperin, Verklingender Strauss, Verklungene Feste: Tanzvisionen aus Zwei Jahrhunderten (Bygone Celebrations: Dance Visions from Two Centuries, 1941)

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