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Meanders of Dialectics and Irony. About operas of Louis Andriessen

Maciej Straburzyński

Abstract

The dissertation is an analysis of operatic works of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) of the presence of two categories which the composer himself describes as dialectics (the unity of opposites characteristic to a phenomenon) and irony (especially its two varieties: romantic irony, related to the distance of an author to his work, and tragic irony, linked to inevitability of fate). The dissertation presents selected elements of Andriessen’s art, with emphasis on the characteristics of musical language and of literary and symbolic references, in the context of changes of the opera as a genre in the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty first century. The irony and dialectics, two elements which connect four stage-works of Andriessen (De Materie, Rosa: The Death of a Composer, Writing to Vermeer and La Commedia), are also present in the staging by Robert Wilson, Peter Greenaway and Hal Hartley, directors/librettists; their visions complement Andriessen’s musical ideas found in the score. Louis Andriessen's opera theater is an example of contemporary musical theater, which combines elements of traditional and experimental art.
Record ID
UAMb8e59c6f74ef40549a12f2da3b5eb79b
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Maciej Straburzyński (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP) Maciej Straburzyński,,
Title in Polish
Meandry dialektyki i ironii. O operach Louisa Andriessena
Title in English
Meanders of Dialectics and Irony. About operas of Louis Andriessen
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP)
Discipline
linguistics / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Defense Date
12-03-2012
End date
12-03-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/2251 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Dialectics, Irony, Opera, Louis Andriessen
Abstract in English
The dissertation is an analysis of operatic works of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) of the presence of two categories which the composer himself describes as dialectics (the unity of opposites characteristic to a phenomenon) and irony (especially its two varieties: romantic irony, related to the distance of an author to his work, and tragic irony, linked to inevitability of fate). The dissertation presents selected elements of Andriessen’s art, with emphasis on the characteristics of musical language and of literary and symbolic references, in the context of changes of the opera as a genre in the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty first century. The irony and dialectics, two elements which connect four stage-works of Andriessen (De Materie, Rosa: The Death of a Composer, Writing to Vermeer and La Commedia), are also present in the staging by Robert Wilson, Peter Greenaway and Hal Hartley, directors/librettists; their visions complement Andriessen’s musical ideas found in the score. Louis Andriessen's opera theater is an example of contemporary musical theater, which combines elements of traditional and experimental art.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMb8e59c6f74ef40549a12f2da3b5eb79b/

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