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Richard Strauss : Arabella - Kenneth Birkin

Richard Strauss


Paperback Published: 13th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521335775
Number Of Pages: 180

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This is the first comprehensive guide to Richard Strauss's Arabella. The opening chapters explore the literary background of the work, and examine the Strauss Hofmannsthal collaboration. Arabella is seen as the culmination of specific ideas and techniques: an attempt to win something of the subtlety of the spoken theatre for the operatic stage and to find a balance between words and music. A full synopsis of the work provides an insight into the psychological motivation of the drama and an impression of the musical shape and substance of the opera. More detailed analytical comment considers Strauss's 'long-range' tonal procedures and his use of key and Motiv for characterisation, allusion and particular expressive purposes. Special features of this guide are a comentary on one of the Strauss Arabella sketchbooks and an investigation of a series of as yet unpublished letters from Strauss to Bohm, Krauss and Fanto."

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Dramatis personaep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Strauss and Hofmannsthal: the collaborative backgroundp. 1
Synopsisp. 17
Literary sourcesp. 37
The Arabella collaborationp. 48
The structure of the operap. 63
Analysis: technique and expressionp. 75
The Act 3 sketchbookp. 91
Premiere and aftermathp. 97
Critical reactionsp. 117
An interpretative assessmentp. 127
An additional quartetp. 136
The Recordingsp. 139
Notesp. 141
Select bibliographyp. 153
Discographyp. 156
Indexp. 160
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ISBN: 9780521335775
ISBN-10: 0521335779
Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 13th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 13.74  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.23

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