Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Author: Peter Brown,Suzana Suzana OgrajenŠek

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191610941

Category: History

Page: 480

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Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the fields of Classics, Musicology, Dance Studies, English Literature, Modern Languages, and Theatre Studies provides an exceptionally wide-ranging and detailed overview of the relationship between the two genres. Since tragedies have played a much larger part than comedies in this branch of operatic history, the volume mostly concentrates on the tragic repertoire, but a chapter on musical versions of Aristophanes' Lysistrata is included, as well as discussions of incidental music, a very important part of the musical reception of ancient drama, from Andrea Gabrieli in 1585 to Harrison Birtwistle and Judith Weir in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Theatre in Ancient Greek Society

Author: J. R. Green

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134968809

Category: History

Page: 256

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In Theatre in Ancient Greek Society the author examines the social setting and function of ancient Greek theatre through the thousand years of its performance history. Instead of using written sources, which were intended only for a small, educated section of the population, he draws most of his evidence from a wide range of archaeological material - from cheap, mass-produced vases and figurines to elegant silverware produced for the dining tables of the wealthy. This is the first study examining the function and impact of the theatre in ancient Greek society by employing an archaeological approach.

(Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Author: Bruno Forment

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9058679004

Category: Music

Page: 184

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Throughout the Ancien Régime, mythology played a vital role in opera, defining such epoch-making works as Claudio Monteverdi's La favola d'Orfeo (1607) and Christoph Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (1779). The operatic presence of the Greco-Roman gods and heroes was anything but unambiguous or unproblematic, however. (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera highlights myth's chameleonic life in the Italian dramma per musica and French tragédie en musique of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Written by eminent scholars in the fields of music, literature, theater, and cultural studies, the six chapters of this book address a series of important questions: Through what ideological lenses did the Ancien Régime perceive an ancient legacy that was fundamentally pagan and fictitious, as opposed to Christian and rationalistic? What dramaturgies did librettists and composers devise to adapt mythical topics to altering philosophical and aesthetic doctrines? Were the ancients' precepts obeyed or precisely overridden by the age of 'classicism'? And how could myths be made to fit changing modes of spectatorship? (Dis)embodying Myths in Ancien Régime Opera will appeal to all music, literature, and art lovers seeking to deepen their knowledge of an increasingly popular repertoire. Contributors: G. Burgess, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; R. C. Ketterer, University of Iowa; J.-F. Lattarico, Université Jean-Monnet, Saint-Étienne; R. Strohm, University of Oxford; B. van Oostveldt, University of Amsterdam

Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Author: Helene P. Foley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520953657

Category: History

Page: 396

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This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance, but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources—archival, video, interviews, and reviews—Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.

Ancient Sun, Modern Light

Greek Drama on the Modern Stage

Author: Marianne McDonald

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231516082

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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Ancient Sun, Modern Light

The Oxford Handbook of Opera

Author: Helen M. Greenwald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199714843

Category: Music

Page: 1216

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What IS opera? Contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Opera respond to this deceptively simple question with a rich and compelling exploration of opera's adaption to changing artistic and political currents. Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons, audience, and creators. The synergy of power, performance, and identity recurs thematically throughout the volume's major topics: Words, Music, and Meaning; Performance and Production; Opera and Society; and Transmission and Reception. Individual essays engage with repertoire from Monteverdi, Mozart, and Meyerbeer to Strauss, Henze, and Adams in studies of composition, national identity, transmission, reception, sources, media, iconography, humanism, the art of collecting, theory, analysis, commerce, singers, directors, criticism, editions, politics, staging, race, and gender. The title of the penultimate section, Opera on the Edge, suggests the uncertainty of opera's future: is opera headed toward catastrophe or have social and musical developments of the last hundred years stimulated something new and exciting, and, well, operatic? In an epilogue to the volume, a contemporary opera composer speaks candidly about opera composition today. The Oxford Handbook of Opera is an essential companion to scholars, educators, advanced students, performers, and knowledgeable listeners: those who simply love opera.

How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226301273

Category: Drama

Page: 248

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"[E]xplains how Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles conceived their works in performance and then summarizes everything we know about how their tragedies were actually staged.... [T]ackles the six major problems facing any company performing these works today: the staging space and concept of the play; the use of the chorus; the actor's role in an unfamiliar style of performance; the place of politics in tragedy; the question of translation; and the treatment of gods, monsters, and other strange characters of the ancient world."--From publisher description.

The Politics of Appropriation

German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy

Author: Jason Geary

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199736111

Category: History

Page: 268

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This book explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural and national identity.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 582

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A survey of 4,500 years of international performance history covers the significant movements, writers, performers, and events from traditional and avant-garde theater

The Context of Ancient Drama

Author: Eric Csapo,William J. Slater

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472082759

Category: History

Page: 435

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An easy-to-use guide to the nature and stagecraft of ancient plays

A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater

Revised Edition

Author: Graham Ley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226477614

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 126

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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, continue to draw new audiences to ancient Greek drama. With observations on all aspects of performance, this volume fills their need for a clear, concise account of what is known about the original conditions of such productions in the age of Pericles. Reexamining the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, Graham Ley here discusses acting technique, scenery, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in their plays. In addition to photos of scenes from Greek vases that document theatrical performance, this new edition includes notes on ancient mime and puppetry and how to read Greek playtexts as scripts, as well as an updated bibliography. An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies, also published by the University of Chicago Press, Ley’s work is a concise and informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama. "Anyone faced with Athenian tragedy or comedy for the first time, in or out of the classroom, would do well to start with A Short Introduction to Ancient Greek Theater."—Didaskalia

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199978824

Category: History

Page: 304

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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

Ancient Greek Music

Author: M. L. West

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780191586859

Category: Music

Page: 424

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Ancient Greece was permeated by music, and the literature teems with musical allusions. For most readers the subject has remained a closed book. Here at last is a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative account that presupposes no special knowledge of music. Topics covered include the place of music in Greek life; instruments; rhythm; tempo; modes and scales; melodic construction; form; ancient theory and notation; and historical development. Thirty surviving examples of Greek music are presented in modern transcription with analysis, and the book is fully illustrated. Besides being considered on its own terms, Greek music is here further illuminated by being seen in ethnological perspective, and a brief Epilogue sets it in its place in a border zone between Afro-Asiatic and European culture. The book will be of value both to classicists and historians of music. - ;The only available study in English of Ancient Greek music -

Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Author: Joshua Billings,Felix Budelmann,Fiona Macintosh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199670579

Category: History

Page: 424

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The ancient singing and dancing chorus has exerted a powerful influence in the modern world. This is the first book to look systematically at the points of similarity and difference between ancient and modern choruses, across time and place, in their ancient contexts in modern theatre, opera, dance, musical theatre, and in political debate.

Musicology: The Key Concepts

Author: David Beard,Kenneth Gloag

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131729808X

Category: Music

Page: 376

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Now in an updated 2nd edition, Musicology: The Key Concepts is a handy A-Z reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Drawing on critical theory with a focus on new musicology, this updated edition contains over 35 new entries including: Autobiography Music and Conflict Deconstruction Postcolonialism Disability Music after 9/11 Masculinity Gay Musicology Aesthetics Ethnicity Interpretation Subjectivity With all entries updated, and suggestions for further reading throughout, this text is an essential resource for all students of music, musicology, and wider performance related humanities disciplines.

Textual Intersections

Literature, History and the Arts in Nineteenth-century Europe

Author: Rachael Langford

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042027312

Category: Art

Page: 231

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This volume examines the multifaceted ways in which textual material in nineteenth-century European cultures intersected with non-literary cultural artefacts and concepts. The essays consider the presence of such diverse phenomena as the dandy, nationhood, diasporic identity, operatic and dramatic personae and effects, trapeze artists, paintings, and the grotesque and fantastic in the work of a variety of writers from France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Russia, Greece and Italy. The volume argues for a view of the long nineteenth century as a century of lively cultural dialogue and exchange between national and sub-national cultures, between 'high' and popular art forms, and between different genres and different media, and it will be of interest to general readers and scholars alike.

Greek Tragedy

Suffering Under the Sun

Author: Edith Hall

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199232512

Category: Drama

Page: 413

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An illustrated introduction to ancient Greek tragedy, written by one of its most distinguished experts, which provides all the background information necessary for understanding the context and content of the dramas. A special feature is an individual essay on every one of the surviving 33 plays.

The History of Theatre

Author: Ann Hosein

Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica

ISBN: 1680480839

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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This comprehensive guide to the theatre's history covers theatre arts around the globe, including ancient Eastern arts like Kabuki and more modern ones such as Bollywood. This book goes back to what we know from our earliest ancestors by examining ancient artifacts and ancient texts to find out how theatre was influenced by life and how it in turn influenced the culture of the people who came to enjoy it. The book concludes with a look at modern theatre and its current heyday as entertainment for the masses, especially in places like Broadway in New York City.

The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas

Author: Kathryn Bosher,Fiona Macintosh,Justine McConnell,Patrice Rankine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191637335

Category: History

Page: 984

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The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas is the first edited collection to discuss the performance of Greek drama across the continents and archipelagos of the Americas from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. The study and interpretation of the classics have never been restricted by geographical or linguistic boundaries but, in the case of the Americas, long colonial histories have often imposed such boundaries arbitrarily. This volume tracks networks across continents and oceans and uncovers the ways in which the shared histories and practices in the performance arts in the Americas have routinely defied national boundaries. With contributions from classicists, Latin American specialists, theatre and performance theorists, and historians, the Handbook also includes interviews with key writers, including Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Charles Mee, and Anne Carson, and leading theatre directors such as Peter Sellars, Carey Perloff, Héctor Daniel-Levy, and Heron Coelho. This richly illustrated volume seeks to define the complex contours of the reception of Greek drama in the Americas, and to articulate how these different engagements - at local, national, or trans-continental levels, as well as across borders - have been distinct both from each other, and from those of Europe and Asia.