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Inside Bluebeard's Castle: Music and Drama in Bela Bartok's Opera

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This is the first book-length examination of Bartok's 1911 opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, one of the twentieth century's enduring operatic works. Writing in an engaging style, Leafstedt adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the opera by introducing, in addition to music-dramatic analysis, a number of topics that are new to the field of Bartok studies. These new areas of critical and scholarly terrain include a detailed literary study of the libretto and a gender-focused analysis of the opera's female character, Judith.

Leafstedt begins with a short introductory chapter that places Duke Bluebeard's Castle within the context of Bartok's early composing career, his discovery of folk music, and its impact on his later work. The book goes on to explore the composition's troubled history, its failure to win two early Hungarian opera competitions, and the three versions of the ending that resulted, discussed here in depth for the first time. The core of the book is devoted to the musical and dramatic organization of the opera and offers an analysis of the seven individual door scenes, including a detailed analysis of scene six, the "lake of tears" scene, illustrating the work's complex tonal organization and dramatic structure. A separate chapter places this darkly psychological version of the Bluebeard story within the broader context of European history and literature.

Throughout the book, Leafstedt draws on original Hungarian source material, much of it newly translated by the author and available here for the first time in English, and he includes a generous selection of musical examples. Inside Bluebeard's Castle is an ideal starting point for research in twentieth-century music, Hungarian cultural history, and opera studies, as well as an invaluable guide for anyone interested in Bartok's only opera.

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The first full-length examination of Bartók's 1911 opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, this is an authoritative study of one of the twentieth century's enduring operatic works. Leafstedt adopts a broad approach to the study of opera by introducing, in addition to the expected music-dramatic analysis, topics of a more interdisciplinary nature that are new to the field of Bartók studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. Bartók, Balázs, and the Creation of a Modern Hungarian Opera

1. Bartók, Balázs, and the Creation of Bluebeard's Castle

2. Bluebeard as Theater: The Dramatic Heritage of Balázs's Symbolist Play

PART II. Music and Drama in Bluebeard's Castle

3. The Music of Bluebeard's Castle

4. Analysis of Individual Scenes

- Prologue

- Torture Chamber

- Armory

- Treasury

- Garden

- Bluebeard's Domains

- Lake of Tears

- Former Wives

5. Bartók's Revisions to the Opera, 1911-1917

PART III. Contextual Studies

6. The Bluebeard Story in Turn-of-the-Century Literature

7. Judith: The Significance of a Name

Appendix. Duke Bluebeard's Castle: Notes on the text by Béla Balázs, circa 1915

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195181968
Author:
Leafstedt, Carl Stuart
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Carl S.
Author:
Carl S. Leafstedt
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 figures, 39 music examples
Pages:
254
Dimensions:
1 x 1 x 1 in 1 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Opera
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"Synopsis" by , The first full-length examination of Bartók's 1911 opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, this is an authoritative study of one of the twentieth century's enduring operatic works. Leafstedt adopts a broad approach to the study of opera by introducing, in addition to the expected music-dramatic analysis, topics of a more interdisciplinary nature that are new to the field of Bartók studies.
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