The Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater by Naomi A. WeissThe Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater by Naomi A. Weiss

The Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater

byNaomi A. Weiss

Hardcover | December 15, 2017

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The Music of Tragedy offers a new approach to the study of classical Greek theater by examining the use of musical language, imagery, and performance in the late work of Euripides. Naomi Weiss demonstrates that Euripides’ allusions to music-making are not just metatheatrical flourishes or gestures towards musical and religious practices external to the drama but closely interwoven with the dramatic plot. Situating Euripides’ experimentation with the dramaturgical effects of mousike within a broader cultural context, she shows how much of his novelty lies in his reinvention of traditional lyric styles and motifs for the tragic stage. If we wish to understand better the trajectories of this most important ancient art form, The Music of Tragedy argues, we must pay closer attention to the role played by both music and text.
Naomi A. Weiss is Assistant Professor of Classics at Harvard University. She has published widely on ancient Greek poetry and performance culture, especially tragedy.
Title:The Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean TheaterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:December 15, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520295900

ISBN - 13:9780520295902


Table of Contents

Note on Editions and Translations
Introduction: In Search of Tragedy’s Music

1. Words, Music, and Dance in Archaic Lyric and Classical Tragedy
Before Tragedy: Imaginative Suggestion in Archaic Choral Lyric
Metamusical Play in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Early Euripides
2. Chorus, Character, and Plot in Electra
Electra and the Chorus
Performed Ecphrasis
Choral Anticipation and Enactment
3. Musical Absence in Trojan Women
The Paradox of Absent Choreia
New Songs and Past Performances
Performing the Fall of Troy
4. Protean Singers and the Shaping of Narrative in Helen
Birdsong and Lament
New Music
Travel and Epiphany
5. From Choreia to Monody in Iphigenia in Aulis
Spectatorship, Enactment, and Desire
Past and Present Mousike
Choreia and Monody

Conclusion: Euripides’ Musical Innovations
Works Cited
General Index
Index Locorum

Editorial Reviews

“[This] work is highly valuable. It will add depth of understanding to those interested in Euripides and Greek tragedy, and the role of mousikê in a variety of genres. It adds a new perspective on debate regarding the nature of the New music and provides extra dimension to the currently voguish focus on the role of the chorus. Most critically, it relocates the reader through time and space, allowing at least a glimpse of the immersive choral culture for which we are in want.”