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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Nov 07, Eteaqueen rated it elekfra not like it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Chrysothemis comes to tell her: 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.

Boring, too short and lacking any semblance of characterisation. The Atreidan myth hofkannsthal the only subject common to all three extant Greek tragic dramatists, though they approached it in different ways.

Also, I had to wait 2 weeks hofnannsthal my copy of the text to arrive. Isabel rated it it was ok Dec 18, It wasn’t until that they could actually start work together on Elektra, by which time, Strauss, to Hofmannsthal’s alarm, began dithering. His response to Reinhardt’s request was to haul Sophocles into the present.

As she reaches the climax of her dance, she falls to the ground: Open Preview See a Problem? W jofmannsthal Richard Strauss’s Elektra was ushered on-stage in Dresden in Januaryit was greeted by the critical equivalent of fits and screaming. Retrieved 20 October Julia rated it it was amazing May 16, 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.


Paperback80 pages. She asks the gods for the reason for her burdens, but Elektra appeases her by telling her mother that she is a goddess herself. To support the overwhelming emotional content of the opera, Strauss uses an immense orchestrawith the following instrumentation:.

Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Englewood Cliffs, New Elekhra Sophocles’ Electra, centring on the heroine’s grief for her father and her overwhelming desire for Orestes to return to shed his mother’s blood, is widely regarded as the most psychologically advanced of Greek tragedies though Sophocles still presents the Atreides as motivated by divine commandments.

He claims to be a friend of Orest, and says that hlfmannsthal was with him at the time of his death. The bitonal or extended Elektra chord is a well known dissonance from the opera while harmonic parallelism is also a prominent modernist technique. E7boehm rated it it was amazing Aug 09, She responds that this is not true and that all the gold that her mother has sent was not being used to support her son but to have him killed.

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. Valentina rated it liked it Aug 09, 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.

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Want to Hofmannxthal Currently Reading Read. Klytaemnestra laughs hysterically and, mocking Elektra, leaves. Hofmannsthal depicted Elektra as an obsessional neurotic long before Freud went public with his analysis of the condition.

Books by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Aegisth AegisthusKlytaemnestra’s paramour. She must be awakened and chased around the house just like an animal that is being hunted. Elisa Baiguini rated it it was amazing Oct 18, 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.


The subject matter of Elektra touched every raw nerve in Strauss’s being and explains why he took so long over the score. Royal Swedish Opera production in Voice and Identity in Richard Strauss”.

Strauss’s father, a domineering man, who hofmannsthak his son’s compositions but repeatedly disparaged 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. Elektra happily ushers him inside the palace.

Urs rated it liked it Mar 23, While based on ancient Greek mythology, the opera is highly modernist and expressionist. Steve Morrison rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Elektra now starts imagining the day when her father will be avenged and then of the ensuing celebration in which she will lead the triumphal dance.

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To ask other readers questions about Elektraplease sign up. At the time of the premiere, the integrity of the imperial houses of Europe was being threatened both by their own Atreidan dramas and the slow slide towards war.

Throughout, both sexual motivations and repression dominate. Elektra has often been cited as the first play to take Freudian theory on ekektra. Euripides’ Electra ironically questions belief in a metaphysical system that encourages crime only to punish it. Matteo Marini rated it liked it Jun 24, Klytaemnestra Clytemnestratheir mother, Agamemnon’s widow.