taken By The Devil: The Censorship Of Frank Wedekind And Alban Berg's Lulu

October 29, 2019|
taken By The Devil: The Censorship Of Frank Wedekind And Alban Berg's Lulu by Margaret Notley
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Censorship had an extraordinary impact on Alban Berg''s opera Lulu, composed by the Austrian during the politically tumultuous years spanning 1929 to 1935. Based on two plays by Frank Wedekind that were repeatedly banned from publishing and performing up until the end of World War I, the libretto was in turn censored by Berg himself when he submitted it to authorities in Nazi Germany in 1934. When Berg died before the opera was debuted the next season, the third act was censored by his widow, Helene, and his former teacher, Arnold Schoenberg. In "Taken By the Devil", author Margaret Notley uncovers the unusual and uniquely generative role of censorship throughout the lifecycle of Berg''s great opera. Placing the opera and its source material in a wider cultural context, Notley provides close readings of the opera''s libretto and score to reveal the precise techniques employed by the composer in negotiating the censors. She goes on to explore the ways Berg chose to augment rather than flatten the discrepancies between various performances of the earlier plays and the opera itself, adding further dimensions of interpretation to the work. Elegantly readable, "Taken by the Devil" is the most meticulously researched and nuanced study of Lulu to date, and illuminates the process of politically-driven censorship of theater, music, and the arts during the tumultuous early twentieth century.
Margaret Notley is the author of Lateness and Brahms: Music and Culture in the Twilight of Viennese Liberalism, AMS Studies in Music (Oxford University Press, 2007) and the editor of Opera after 1900: An Anthology of Critical Essays (2010). Her scholarship has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program, National Endowm...
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Title:taken By The Devil: The Censorship Of Frank Wedekind And Alban Berg's Lulu
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Published:October 29, 2019
Publisher:OUP
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780190069865

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