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Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok$
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Elliot Antokoletz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.001.0001

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Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Psychological Motivation: Symbolic Interaction of Diatonic, Whole‐Tone, and Chromatic Extremes

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(p.182) 9 Duke Bluebeard's Castle
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Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok
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Elliott Antokoletz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.003.0009

This chapter explores the psycho-dramatic and musical bases of the opera, the structural framework as basis for development of psycho-dramatic polarity, power inequality, symbolic musical expression, gender, and power in the modernist conception. Prologue through Door I (Torture Chamber) discusses rhythmic structure and the Hungarian language, characterization, and the intrusion of fate, autobiographical significance and fate, and the emerging symbol of blood. Door I reveals the torture chamber.

Keywords:   psychological motivation, power inequality, symbolic musical expression, gender, power, modernist conception, torture chamber, rhythmic structure, symbol of blood

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