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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Once work on the score was begun, Strauss, usually the most fluent and confident of musicians, began to suffer from composer’s block. The collaboration between Strauss and Hofmannthal lasted for more than 20 years and became one of the most famous partnerships in operatic history, though neither was to produce work of such dreadful intensity again.

Throughout, both sexual motivations and repression dominate. 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.

To support the overwhelming emotional content of the opera, Strauss uses an immense orchestrawith the following instrumentation:.

Nov 07, Eteaqueen rated it did not like it Shelves: Lists with This Book. Klytaemnestra laughs hysterically and, mocking Elektra, leaves.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Isabel rated it it was ok Dec 18, Elektra ElectraAgamemnon ‘s daughter. 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.

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She goes on to describe how elekgra gods must be appeased once and for all. Hofmannsthal, far from emphasising Freud, admitted that his principal influence was Hamlet.

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Maria Elena rated it liked it Jun 16, Urs rated it liked it Mar 23, Also, I had to wait 2 weeks for my copy of the text to arrive. In Hofmannsthal, however, unlike Freud, there are no cures: It wasn’t until that they could actually start work together elemtra Elektra, by which time, Strauss, to Hofmannsthal’s alarm, began dithering.

This applies all the more because not only Elektra, but all the women are sexually tainted. Elektra tells her mother her nightmares must continue until the axe falls and extinguishes her life. Views Read Edit View history. Elektra is initially ecstatic, but also ashamed of what she has become and how she has sacrificed her own royal state for the cause.

The bitonal or extended Elektra chord is a well known dissonance from the opera while harmonic parallelism is also a prominent modernist technique. Richard Strauss and his world. Followed by her retinue, Klytaemnestra comes to make another sacrifice to appease the gods, but she stops at the sight of Elektra and wishes that she were not there to disturb her.

A study of pathological hatred and self-perpetuating violence, Elektra forms a grim prophecy of the convulsions that dominated the 20th century and continue into the 21st. One of the worst plays I have ever read. The opera had hit raw nerves. A shout is heard from within the Palace, then a grim moan. Return to Book Page. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Strauss and Hofmannsthal were holding up a mirror to their times and many didn’t like the reflection.


Matteo Marini rated it liked it Jun 24, His response to Reinhardt’s request was to haul Sophocles into the present. Aegisth AegisthusKlytaemnestra’s paramour. Mirabilis rated it really liked it Jun 04, About Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Elektra has sacrificed her sexuality to keep her obsession alive, and describes, in a scary passage, how she gave birth, parthenogenetically, to “curses and despair”.

Musically, Elektra deploys dissonancechromaticism and extremely fluid tonality in a way which recalls but moves beyond the same composer’s Salome ofand thus Elektra represents Strauss’s furthest advances in modernismfrom which he later retreated.

Opera from the Greek: In some productions, eletkra are spoken by Klytaemnestra or The Trainbearer or the Confidante. Philopimin rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Strauss, meanwhile, saw Elektra during its opening run in the winter of and promptly contacted Hofmannsthal with a view to turning it into an opera.

She must be awakened and chased around the house just like an animal that is being hunted.