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Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement

Simon Morrison


An aesthetic, historical, and theoretical study of four scores, this text is a treatment of the topic of Russian opera in the Silver Age. Spanning the gap between the supernatural Russian music of the 19th century and the compositions of Prokofiev and Stravinsky, the book explores how Russian symbolist poets interpreted opera and prompted operatic innovation. The book shows how these works, though stylistically and technically different, reveal the extent to which the operatic representation of the miraculous can be translated into its enactment. The book treats these largely unstudied pieces ... More

Keywords: Prokofiev, Stravinsky, symbolist poetry, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, literary decadence, musical decadence, pagan-Christian syncretism, theurgy, life creation, Preparatory Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229433
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Morrison, author