abstract. In Elektra Hofmannsthal created a drama more of its time than he cared to admit, but he concealed this specificity in the ‘eternal’ materials of myth. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. HOFMANNSTHAL’S ELEKTRA. Herman K. Doswald. Huco voN HOFMANNSTIIAL was one of the early writers in the 20th. Century to question the power of.

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Hugo von Hofmannsthal February 1, — July 15,was an Austrian novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist. Tragic Opera in One Act. Thereafter, the gods compelled various members of this tribe to take one life for another, then to be murdered in revenge in their turn.

The collaboration between Strauss and Hofmannthal lasted for more than 20 years and became one of the most famous partnerships hofmaannsthal operatic history, though neither was to produce work of such dreadful intensity again. Despite the protests of the Trainbearer and Confidante, Klytaemnestra climbs down to talk to Elektra.

The playwright most strongly influenced by Hofmannsthal was Eugene O’Neill, who first read Elektra in the mids, and was inspired to write Mourning Becomes Electra as a result.

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The opera had hit raw nerves. Clara rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Various aspects from the myth eelktra minimized as background to Elektra’s character and her obsession. At the time of the premiere, the integrity of the imperial houses of Europe was being threatened both by their own Atreidan dramas and the slow slide towards war.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She asks the gods for the reason for her burdens, but Elektra appeases her by telling her mother that she is a goddess herself. Open Preview See a Problem? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Other facets of the ancient story are completely excluded, in particular the earlier sacrifice by Agamemnon of his and Klytaemnestra’s daughter Iphigeniawhich was the motivation for Klytaemnestra’s subsequent murder of Agamemnon.

Elektra (opera) – Wikipedia

Each age reinvents classical mythology in its own image. Fernando rated it really liked it Nov 09, elrktra Hofmannsthal, far from emphasising Freud, admitted that his principal influence was Hamlet.

Hofmmannsthal confides to her daughter that she has been suffering nightmares every night and that she still has not found the way to appease the gods. Elektda they do their work, they ask where can Elektra be, and she emerges from the shadows with a wild look on her face.

In Hofmannsthal, however, unlike Freud, there are no cures: This applies all the more because not only Elektra, but all the women are sexually tainted. Terrified by nightmares of Orest’s return, Klytemnestra asks Elektra to interpret and cure her dreams. Divisive political treaties were hardening into the configurations that led to the cataclysm of Steve Morrison rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Iphigenia’s mother Klytaemnestra has thus come to hate her husband.

Sophocles’ Electra, centring on the heroine’s grief for her father and her overwhelming desire for Orestes to return to shed his mother’s blood, is widely regarded as the most psychologically advanced of Greek tragedies though Sophocles still presents the Atreides as motivated by divine commandments. The servants continue commenting how she came to be in that elekta and talk about how they taunt her only to receive insults from her. Once work on the score was begun, Strauss, usually the most fluent and confident of musicians, began to hofmannsthzl from composer’s block.


Only then the dreams will stop. In some respects this is erroneous, since the only psychoanalytic work Hofmannsthal knew at the time was Studies on Hysteria, co-written by Freud and Joseph Breuer and published in Lists with This Book.

Strauss, whose name was synonymous with “artistic scandal” on both sides of the Atlantic, was no stranger to controversy, but even so, many of the opera’s original commentators were unusually vitriolic in their condemnation. Paperback80 pages. The reception of Elektra in German-speaking countries was mostly divided amongst traditionalist and modernist lines.

Aeschylus’s Oresteia focuses on chains of retribution and guilt. One of the worst plays I have ever read. Only when she wishes that all was over and after envying prisoners in their cells, she will come to realize that her prison is her own body. A Study by Paul Bekker”.