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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Daniel rated it liked it Feb 05, Strauss’s father, a domineering man, who encouraged his son’s compositions but repeatedly eldktra the results, had died inan event which in turn caused Strauss’s mother whose mental health was never less than precarious to have a massive breakdown, necessitating confinement in a sanatorium.
Infinitely more important, however, was his decision to jettison the myth’s metaphysics in their entirety.
Electra : a tragedy in one act
About Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The Trainbearer elfktra Confidante come out of the Palace and lead Orest in. As a young servant comes out of the house to fetch the master, he trips over Elektra and Chrysothemis.
Jovany Agathe rated it did not like it Dec 06, Klytaemnestra Clytemnestratheir mother, Agamemnon’s widow. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. 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.
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. Boring, too short and lacking any semblance of characterisation. Lance Loeffler rated it liked it Dec 09, This was made worse by the introduction of the ‘s film production which was odd and disturbing.
Elektra (opera) – Wikipedia
Isabel rated it it was ok Dec 18, In Hofmannsthal, however, unlike Freud, there are no cures: Fernando rated it really liked it Nov 09, A Study by Paul Bekker”. Hofmannsthal, far from emphasising Freud, admitted that his principal influence was Hamlet. Anita Dollmanits rated it really liked it Sep 25, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
Only one servant shows mercy for her, but she is taken away by the overseer to be flogged.
Roseamongflowers rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Elektra has often been cited as the first play to take Freudian theory on board. Only then the dreams will stop.
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Other facets of the ancient story are completely excluded, in particular the earlier sacrifice by Agamemnon of his and Klytaemnestra’s daughter Iphigeniawhich was the motivation for Klytaemnestra’s subsequent murder of Agamemnon.
Banging on the Palace door, she calls for elekta brother. Elektra is at once terrifying and elating, and to experience it is to go beyond the limits of reason into a world of naked, uncontrollable emotion.
She hears that he is expecting to be called from within the Palace because he has a message for the lady of the house. A book which I definitely will not read again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. There is no divinely imposed pattern of retribution, no Furies to goad and torment his Orest, and the characters are consequently at the mercy of their own uncontrollable psyches and irrationalistic obsessions. The playwright most strongly influenced by Hofmannsthal was Eugene O’Neill, who first read Elektra in the mids, and was inspired to write Mourning Elekyra Electra as a result.
Elektra – Elektra
His response to Reinhardt’s request was to haul Sophocles into the present. Tragic Opera in One Act. Those same raw nerves, however, also spilled into every bar of the opera’s music and also explain the torrential savagery of the emotions it recreates in the listener. Clara rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Chrysothemis goes into the Palace to be with her brother. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Klytaemnestra confides to her daughter that she has been suffering nightmares every night and that she still has not found the way to appease the gods.
Terrified by nightmares of Orest’s return, Klytemnestra asks Elektra to interpret and cure her dreams. Fran rated it it was amazing Nov 01, This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. Chrysothemis leaves the Palace but, unlike Elektra, she is meek and accommodating, and has remained on good terms with Klytaemnestra and Aegisth; she enjoys the privileges that come with being a Princess.
Opera by Richard Strauss. Elektra has managed to send her brother away while remaining behind to keep her father’s memory alive, but all the while, suffering the scorn of her mother and the entire court. Apr 08, Carlo Mayer added it Shelves: 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.
Hofmannsthal – who had reworked his own “free adaptation” of Sophocles’ Electra to form the libretto – was depicted holding the Greek dramatist down while Strauss battered him to death with a cymbal stick.
The characters in Elektra are characterized in the music through leitmotifs or chords including the Elektra chord. The Atreidan myth is the only subject common to all three extant Greek tragic dramatists, though they approached it in different ways.