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

Reading Opera between the Lines

Orchestral Interludes and Cultural Meaning from Wagner to Berg


Published: 1st April 2002
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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, and in some cases becoming a highlight of the opera. Christopher Morris investigates the implications of these important but strangely overlooked passages. Combining close readings of individual musical texts with an investigation of the critical discourse surrounding the operas, Morris shows how the interludes shed light not only on the representational and narrative capacities of the orchestra, but also on the supposed 'absolute' realm of instrumental music, a concept to which many critics appealed when they associated the interludes with 'purely musical' and 'symphonic' qualities.

'A rewarding as well as a provocative piece of work.' Musical Times

A walk on the wild side
What the conductor saw
Lost in the forest
a Sympathy with deatha
a A torrent of unsettling soundsa
Wagner and a invisible theatrea
Conclusion: 'innocence among opposites'
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ISBN: 9780521807388
ISBN-10: 0521807387
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51