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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Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world’s literature. Iphigenia’s hofmanntshal Klytaemnestra has thus come to hate her husband.

The other characters are Klytaemnestraher mother and one of the murderers of her father Agamemnon ; her sister, Chrysothemis ; her brother, Orestes ; and Klytaemnestra’s lover, Aegisthus.

The characters in Elektra are characterized in the music hofmannsthhal leitmotifs or chords including the Elektra chord. Klytaemnestra, in contrast to Agamemnon’s clearly diatonic minor triad motif, is characterized by a bitonal six note collection most often represented as a pair of two minor chords a tritone apart, typically on B and F, rather than simultaneously.

Then Elektra reveals who is to be the actual victim: Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Nov 07, Eteaqueen rated it did not like it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It wasn’t until that they could actually start work together on Elektra, by which time, Strauss, to Hofmannsthal’s alarm, began dithering.


Elektra’s relentless thirst for blood fuels Klytemnestra’s guilt, which she seeks in turn to assuage by turning to her daughter in the hope of some sort of solace.

Boring, too short and lacking any semblance of characterisation.

Published June 30th by Reclam first published Yet beneath some of those early comments lurked distorted vestiges of the truth. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Elektra complex

Hofmannsthal, far from emphasising Freud, admitted that his principal influence was Hamlet. As she reaches the climax of her dance, she falls to the ground: Terrified by nightmares of Orest’s return, Klytemnestra asks Elektra to interpret ohfmannsthal cure her dreams.

The reception of Elektra in German-speaking countries was mostly divided amongst traditionalist and modernist lines. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. The new production at Covent Garden later this month serves, perhaps, as a timely reminder that the obsessions of those who consider themselves eektra leaders are in danger of plunging the world into a self-perpetuating cycle of madness and destruction once more.

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. Hofmannsthal depicted Elektra as an obsessional neurotic long before Freud went public hofmannsthao his analysis of the condition. Philopimin rated it it was amazing Jan 11, He wanted a libretto on a different subject, he told Hofmannsthal, who quietly held firm.

Oresteia BC, Aeschylus Electra c. Numen rated it really liked it Oct 05, Chrysothemis leaves the Palace but, unlike Elektra, she is meek and accommodating, and has remained on good terms with Klytaemnestra and Aegisth; she enjoys the privileges that come with being a Princess.


Paperback80 pages. Hofmannsthal and Strauss’s adaptation of the story focuses tightly elektrw Elektrathoroughly developing her character by single-mindedly expressing her emotions and psychology as she meets with other characters, mostly one at a time. Steve Morrison rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Aug 05, beckett74 rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

A book which I definitely will not read again. 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. To ask other readers questions about Elektraplease sign up.

Various aspects from the myth are minimized as background to Elektra’s character and her obsession.

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Euripides’ Electra ironically questions belief in a metaphysical system that encourages crime only to punish it. Elektra smiles brightly, knowing that Orest has killed their mother.

Hofmannsthal wrote his own Elektra in in response to a request for a version of Sophocles’ from the Berlin-based director Max Reinhardt, and what he came up with was groundbreaking. Elekttra and try again. Isabel Giunian rated it liked it Feb 28,

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