abstract. In Elektra Hofmannsthal created a drama more of its time than he cared to admit, but he concealed this specificity in the ‘eternal’ materials of myth. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. HOFMANNSTHAL’S ELEKTRA. Herman K. Doswald. Huco voN HOFMANNSTIIAL was one of the early writers in the 20th. Century to question the power of.
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There is no answer. Angelo rated it really liked it Nov 17, Elektra comes back for her daily ritual in memory of her father, who upon his return from Troy was killed while bathing by Klytaemnestra and Aegisth and dragged out into the courtyard.
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Royal Swedish Opera production in Much has been made of his ditching of many overt trappings of Greek drama, such as turning Sophocles’ single-minded chorus into a gaggle of squabbling maids. Elektra ElectraAgamemnon ‘s daughter. The bitonal or extended Elektra chord is a well known dissonance from the opera while harmonic parallelism is also a prominent modernist technique.
The servants continue commenting how she came to be in that state and talk about how they taunt her only to receive insults from her.
Elektra is one of the most frequently performed operas based on classical Greek mythology. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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The Trainbearer and Confidante come out of the Palace and lead Orest in. Iphigenia’s mother Klytaemnestra has thus come to hate her husband. Elektra teases her mother with little pieces of information about the right victim that must be slain, but she changes the conversation to her brother and why he is not allowed back.
He claims to be a friend of Orest, and says that he was with him at the time of his death. The Atreidan myth is the only subject common to all three extant Greek tragic dramatists, though they approached it in different ways. Lists with This Book.
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Elektra is the second of Strauss’s two highly modernist operas the other being Salome [ full citation needed ] characterized by cacophonous sections and atonal leitmotifs. At last Elektra begins to dance. After his return, with the help of her paramour Aegisthusshe murders her husband and now is afraid that her crime will be avenged by her other children, ElektraChrysothemis and their banished brother Orest.
One of the worst plays I have ever read. Valentina rated it liked it Aug 09, No trivia or quizzes yet. Philopimin rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Strauss, whose name was synonymous with “artistic scandal” on both sides of the Atlantic, was no stranger to controversy, but even so, many of the opera’s original commentators were unusually vitriolic in their condemnation. Hofmannsthal, far from emphasising Freud, admitted that his principal influence was Hamlet.
Only then the dreams will stop. A book which I definitely will not read again. Refresh and try again. Hofmannsthal depicted Elektra as an obsessional neurotic long before Freud went public with his analysis of the condition.
His response to Reinhardt’s request was to haul Sophocles into the present.
Hofmannsthal and Strauss’s adaptation of the story focuses tightly on Elektrathoroughly developing her character by single-mindedly expressing her emotions and psychology as she meets with other characters, mostly one at a time.
Marina Sonnenbarke rated it it was amazing Dec 16, This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series.
This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Elektra’s relentless thirst for blood fuels Klytemnestra’s guilt, which she seeks in turn to assuage by turning to her daughter in the hope of some sort of solace.
This was made worse by the introduction of the ‘s film production which was odd and disturbing. Fastidious, intellectual and precociously erudite, Hofmannsthal’s head was full of both the naturalistic theatre of Ibsen and Strindberg, and the murky psychological probings of symbolist poetry.
He wanted a libretto on a different subject, he told Hofmannsthal, who quietly held firm. Sabrina rated it really liked it Apr 17, The other characters are Klytaemnestraher mother and one of the murderers of her hofmannathal Agamemnon ; her sister, Chrysothemis ; her brother, Orestes ; and Klytaemnestra’s lover, Hlfmannsthal.
Klytaemnestra laughs hysterically and, mocking Elektra, leaves. Clara rated it it was amazing Oct 07,