Medievalism and Nationalism in German Opera

This book will also provide insight on the reception of medieval history and medieval music in nineteenth-century Germany, and will demonstrate how medievalism and nationalism were mutually reinforcing phenomena at this time and place in ...

Author: Michael S. Richardson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351806367

Category: Music

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Medievalism, or the reception or interpretation of the Middle Ages, was a prominent aesthetic for German opera composers in the first half of the nineteenth century. A healthy competition to establish a Germanic operatic repertory arose at this time, and fascination with medieval times served a critical role in shaping the desire for a unified national and cultural identity. Using operas by Weber, Schubert, Marshner, Wagner, and Schumann as case studies, Richardson investigates what historical information was available to German composers in their recreations of medieval music, and whether or not such information had any demonstrable effect on their compositions. The significant role that nationalism played in the choice of medieval subject matter for opera is also examined, along with how audiences and critics responded to the medieval milieu of these works. In this book, readers will gain a clear understanding of the rise of German opera in the early nineteenth century and the cultural and historical context in which this occurred. This book will also provide insight on the reception of medieval history and medieval music in nineteenth-century Germany, and will demonstrate how medievalism and nationalism were mutually reinforcing phenomena at this time and place in history.
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The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism

Nationalism. in. Schumann's. Genoveva,. Then. and. Now. Michael. S. Richardson. Although little known today, Robert Schumann's only opera, Genoveva of 1850, represented a synthesis of important developments in German opera at the time ...

Author: Stephen C. Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190658465

Category: Music

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The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which medievalism--the retrospective immersion in the images, sounds, narratives, and ideologies of the European Middle Ages--powerfully transforms many of the varied musical traditions of the last two centuries. Thirty-three chapters from an international group of scholars explore topics ranging from the representation of the Middle Ages in nineteenth-century opera to medievalism in contemporary video game music, thereby connecting disparate musical forms across typical musicological boundaries of chronology and geography. While some chapters focus on key medievalist works such as Orff's Carmina Burana or Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, others explore medievalism in the oeuvre of a single composer (e.g. Richard Wagner or Arvo Pärt) or musical group (e.g. Led Zeppelin). The topics of the individual chapters include both well-known works such as John Boorman's film Excalibur and also less familiar examples such as Eduard Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys. The authors of the chapters approach their material from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives, including historical musicology, popular music studies, music theory, and film studies, examining the intersections of medievalism with nationalism, romanticism, ideology, nature, feminism, or spiritualism. Taken together, the contents of the Handbook develop new critical insights that venture outside traditional methodological constraints and provide a capstone and point of departure for future scholarship on music and medievalism.
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Correspondences

... Euryanthe and Carl Maria von Weber's Dramaturgy of German Opera ( Oxford : Clarendon Press , 1991 ) , 9–14 . 14. McKay , 247-69 , esp . 247 and 267–69 . 15. David E. Barclay in his " Medievalism and Nationalism in NineteenthCentury ...

Author: T. A. Shippey

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843840634

Category: Literary Criticism

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Articles centred on the use made by European nations of medieval texts and other artefacts to define their history and origins.
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The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which medievalism--the retrospective immersion in the images, sounds, narratives, and ideologies of the European Middle Ages--powerfully transforms many ...

Author: Stephen C. Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190658441

Category: History

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The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which medievalism--the retrospective immersion in the images, sounds, narratives, and ideologies of the European Middle Ages--powerfully transforms many of the varied musical traditions of the last two centuries. Thirty-three chapters from an international group of scholars explore topics ranging from the representation of the Middle Ages in nineteenth-century opera to medievalism in contemporary video game music, thereby connecting disparate musical forms across typical musicological boundaries of chronology and geography. While some chapters focus on key medievalist works such as Orff's Carmina Burana or Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, others explore medievalism in the oeuvre of a single composer (e.g. Richard Wagner or Arvo P�rt) or musical group (e.g. Led Zeppelin). The topics of the individual chapters include both well-known works such as John Boorman's film Excalibur and also less familiar examples such as Eduard Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys. The authors of the chapters approach their material from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives, including historical musicology, popular music studies, music theory, and film studies, examining the intersections of medievalism with nationalism, romanticism, ideology, nature, feminism, or spiritualism. Taken together, the contents of the Handbook develop new critical insights that venture outside traditional methodological constraints and provide a capstone and point of departure for future scholarship on music and medievalism.
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The Idea Of Nationalism

I. Other articles on nationalism in the Middle Ages include Albert Brackmann, "Der mittelalterliche Ursprung der ... Giraldus Cambrensis, a Welshman living about 1200, wrote of the English (Opera, III, 27) : "The English in their own ...

Author: Hans Kohn

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412837293

Category: Political Science

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In this sixtieth anniversary edition of The Idea of Nationalism, Craig Calhoun probes the work of Hans Kohn and the world that first brought prominence to this unparalleled defense of the national ideal in the modern West. At its publication, Saturday Review called it "an enduring and definitive treatise.... [Kohn] has written a book which is less a history of nationalism than it is a history of Western civilization from the standpoint of the national idea." This edition includes an extensive new introduction by Craig Calhoun, which in itself is a substantial contribution to the history of ideas. The Idea of Nationalism comprehensively analyzes the rise of nationalism, the idea's content, and its worldwide implications from the days of Hebrew and Greek antiquity to the eve of the French Revolution. As Calhoun explains, Kohn was particularly qualified to undertake this study. He grew up in Prague, the vigorous heart of Czech nationalism, participated in the Zionist student movement, studied the question of nationality in multinational cultures, spent the World War One years in Asian Russia, and later traveled extensively in the Near East studying the nationalist movements of western and southern Asia. The work itself is the product of Kohn's later years at Harvard University. In The Idea of Nationalism, Kohn presents the single most influential articulation of the distinction between civic and ethnic nationalism. This has shaped nearly all ensuing research and public discussion and deeply informed parallel oppositions of early and late, Western and Eastern varieties of nationalism. Kohn also argues that the age of nationalism represents the first period of universal history. Civilizations and continents are brought into ever closer contact; popular participation in politics is enormously increased; and the secular state is ever more significant. The Idea of Nationalism is important both in itself and because it so deeply shaped all the work that followed it. After sixty years his interpretations and analyses remain acute and instructive.
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Wagner

The Romantic Nationalist During his Young German phase in 1834 , Wagner thought that he could ' renounce forever homage ... doubly intoxicated with Germanic myth and legend - out of romantic attraction to medieval mystery and pageantry ...

Author: Paul Lawrence Rose

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300067453

Category: Music

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It has long been acknowledged that Richard Wagner was a virulent antisemite, yet the composer has also been characterized as an idealistic revolutionary, and historians have puzzled over the paradox of these conflicting elements in his character. In this fascinating book, Paul Lawrence Rose argues that Wagner did not suddenly change from a progressive revolutionary into a reactionary racist; for him, as for many other Germans, the idea of revolution always contained a racial and antisemtic core. Rose approaches Wagner on varying levels so as to see him as he really was: he places Wagner within the context of mid-nineteenth-century German revolutionary culture; he studies the composer's whole range of theoretical and artistic works, tracing his career and the evolution of his thought; and he considers Wagner's personality and his personal relationships (especially with those Jews who considered themselves his friends). Rose demonstrates that Wagner's conversion to antisemitism dates not from 1850--the year in which his infamous essay Judaism in Music was published--but from his conflict with the Jewish composer Giacomo Meyerbeer three years earlier over the Berlin production of Rienze. This affects our understanding of the genesis of the Ring operas. In addition, Rose offers fresh and stimulating interpretations of Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal, based on an analysis of their revolutionary and antisemitic elements.
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Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera

The favorable light in which Weber placed this foreign, aristocratic world must have seemed at odds with the nationalism of his aesthetic agenda. Using a medieval French court rather than a Bohemian forest as the backdrop for Euryanthe, ...

Author: Stephen C. Meyer

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253109620

Category: Music

Page: 272

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Stephen C. Meyer details the intricate relationships between the operas Der FreischÃ1⁄4tz and Euryanthe, and contemporary discourse on both the "Germany of the imagination" and the new nation itself. In so doing, he presents excerpts from a wide range of philosophical, political, and musical writings, many of which are little known and otherwise unavailable in English. Individual chapters trace the multidimensional concept of German and "foreign" opera through the 19th century. Meyer's study of Der FreischÃ1⁄4tz places the work within the context of emerging German nationalism, and a chapter on Euryanthe addresses the opera's stylistic and topical shifts in light of changing cultural and aesthetic circumstances. As a result, Meyer argues that the search for a new German opera was not merely an aesthetic movement, but a political and social critique as well.
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A Knight at the Opera

The Transformed Knight The medieval knight Tannhäuser has been on a remarkable journey in the course of this book, during which he ... whether to challenge the prevalent rhetoric of German nationalism, to strengthen Jewish cohesiveness, ...

Author: Leah Garrett

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557536013

Category: History

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A Knight at the Opera examines the remarkable and unknown role that the medieval legend (and Wagner opera) Tannhuser played in Jewish cultural life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book analyzes how three of the greatest Jewish thinkers of that era, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Herzl, and I. L. Peretz, used this central myth of Germany to strengthen Jewish culture and to attack anti-Semitism. Readers will see how Tannhuser evolves from a medieval knight to Peretzs pious Jewish scholar in the Land of Israel. The book also discusses how the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was so inspired by Wagners opera that he wrote The Jewish State while attending performances of it. A Knight at the Opera uses Tannhuser as a way to examine the changing relationship between Jews and the broader world during the advent of the modern era, and to question if any art, even that of a prominent anti-Semite, should be considered taboo.
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Constructing the Middle Ages

Barclay, David E. 'Medievalism and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Germany'. In Medievalism in Europe. Studies in Medievalism 5, edited by Leslie J. Workman, 5–22. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1993. Basse-Moûturie, Le Chevalier de la.

Author: Pit Péporté

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004210660

Category: History

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The Middle Ages provide important points of reference during the nation-building process in Luxembourg. This book deconstructs the traditional narrative of that period, with its function as a time of national origins and national heroes.
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Staging the Nation Opera and Nationalism in 19th Century Hungary

Opera as a multimedia art form could enhance this dramatic power. Richard Taruskin emphasizes the significance of singing culture, especially the cultivation of the German Lieder, in the development of national operas and national music ...

Author: Krisztina Lajosi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004347229

Category: History

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In Staging the Nation: Opera and Nationalism in 19th-Century Hungary, Krisztina Lajosi examines the crucial role of theatre and opera in the shaping of historical consciousness and the formation of national identity by turning opera-loving audiences into a national public.
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