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Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Peter Brown and Suzana Ograjenšek

Abstract

Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This book provides an exceptionally wide-ranging and detailed overview of the relationship between the two genres. Since tragedies have played a much larger part than comedies in this branch of operatic history, the volume mostly concentrates on the tragic repertoire, but a chapter on musical versions of Aristophanes' Lysistrata is included, as well as discussions of inc ... More

Keywords: opera, ancient Greek tragedy, operatic history, Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Andrea Gabrieli, Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir, tragedies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Brown, editor
Lecturer in Classics, Oxford University and Fellow of Trinity College

Suzana Ograjenšek, editor
Research Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University