Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series) by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

A handy and entire pocket-sized consultant to Strauss's DER ROSENKAVALIER that includes the tale SYNOPSIS, crucial CHARACTERS within the opera, tale NARRATIVE with ONE-BAR song spotlight EXAMPLES, and an ESSAY offering historical past in regards to the opera and its composer, research, and insightful statement.

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Nevertheless, even though she is not present on the stage, she is awaited, thought about, and her reappearance is anticipated so that she can heroically take control of the drama and direct it to its conclusion. At the end of the first act, Hofmannsthal reserved his Der Rosenkavalier Page 31 finest verses for the Marschallin; her wisdom and omniscience are overpowering. She is obsessed with aging, and develops an almost uncontrollable fear of Time; a paranoia that makes her want to stop all the clocks.

She is obsessed with aging, and develops an almost uncontrollable fear of Time; a paranoia that makes her want to stop all the clocks. Nevertheless, she knows that Time will keep moving onward, and so must she. ” The Marschallin possesses an enlightened gift of consciousness and awareness which provides her with a profound understanding of the present, past, and future: Time. Her acute sensibilities enable her to come to terms with herself, and direct the story – its comedy and romances - to their rightful conclusions; to a transcendence that lies beyond Time.

The Marschallin begins the trio, Hab’ mir’s gelobt ihn lieb zu haben, “I made a vow to love him rightly”; time has stopped, the action is halted, and the Marschallin, Octavian, and Sophie, each stand transfixed and lost in contemplation. Some thoughts can only be expressed through the musical language. Hofmannsthal ceded a career as a lyric poet to become Strauss’s librettist: he believed that words combined with music can express what language alone had exhausted. In the transcendent final trio of Der Rosenkavalier, Hofmannsthal’s words combine with Strauss’s most inspired music to express the thoughts of three people who are involved in the most important moment of their lives: at that moment, all have overcome Time, and there is a sense of transcendence in which all the clocks have literally stopped.

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