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Richard Strauss : Elektra - Derrick Puffett

Richard Strauss


By: Derrick Puffett (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1990
ISBN: 9780521359719
Number Of Pages: 188

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The contributions to this handbook bring together the first full-length study of Elektra in English. The volume examines the many facets of one of Richard Strauss's most complex operas. First, P. E. Easterling surveys the mythological background, while Karen Forsyth discusses Hofmannsthal's adaptation of his sources. The second part brings the music to the fore. Derrick Puffett offers an introductory essay and synopsis; Arnold Whittall considers the tonal and dramatic structure of the composition; Tethys Carpenter explores the musical language of the work in detail, with special focus given to part of the Klytaemnestra scene. The third part of the volume offers two contrasting critical essays: Carolyn Abbate provides an interpretation informed by her recent work on narrative, and Robin Holloway analyses Strauss's orchestration of the opera. The book also contains a discography and an appendix of excerpts from the Strauss-Hofmannsthal correspondence.

General preface
List of illustrations
Elektra+s story
Hofmannsthal+s Elektra: From Sophocles to Strauss
The music of Elektra: some preliminary thoughts
Dramatic structure and tonal organisation
The musical language of Elektra (with an analysis of the Klytaemnestra scene)
Elektra+s voice: music and language in Strauss+s opera
The orchestration of Elektra: a critical interpretation
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ISBN: 9780521359719
ISBN-10: 0521359716
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 2nd April 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.25