Opera and Ideology in Prague: Polemics and Practice at the National Theater, 1900-1938

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Oktober 2006



The analyses of operas and tone poems by Novak, Ostrcil, Zich, Jeremias, Haba, Kricka, and Suk provide a cross-section of musical life in early twentieth-century Prague, as well as a series of interpretations of Czech cultural identity. Populist endeavors such as jazz and neo-classicism represented some of the ways in which composers of the 1930s attempted to regain an audience alienated by modernism: in this respect, the trends in Prague mirrored those of the rest of Europe. Brian Locke is assistant professor of music history at Western Illinois University (in Macomb). He has written extensively on twentieth-century music, including Czech operatic and symphonic works and Alban Berg's "Wozzeck".


Brian Locke is assistant professor of music history at Western Illinois University (in Macomb).


(T)his excellent study connects historical opinion with the music and brings us closer to understanding the impact of critical reviews on the development of musical style in east central Europe. --William Smialek, SLAVIC REVIEW, Spring 2008 At last we have a book that situates Prague properly at the forefront of the modernist music movement. Through a probing analysis of the heated press debates that occasioned the premieres of greater and lesser Czech operas, Brian Locke demonstrates that Prague, the amorphous capital of an amorphous nation, served as fertile ground for the cultivation of universal -- not provincial -- concepts of musical nationalism. The book greatly refines our understanding of the careers of Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek, and Martinu, while also documenting the astonishing impact of the music critic and politician Zdenek Nejedly on Czech culture. --Simon Morrison, associate professor of music, Princeton University This is truly a landmark book, filling a gap in our knowledge and understanding of early twentieth-century Czech music and culture, and, in the process, illuminating events in the rest of Europe and in America. The author relates this fascinating account with an engaging style that makes one eager to read on. The music (including a good number of in-depth analyses), the political intrigues, the main characters and events -- all are presented with clarity and style based on solid research. --Timothy Cheek (University of Michigan), author of Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire
EAN: 9781580462280
ISBN: 1580462286
Untertitel: 'Eastman Studies in Music'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2006
Seitenanzahl: 431 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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