ClSt / ComL 200:
Notes and Supplements: Monday, April 22
Myth and Modernism
Over the past few weeks we have been considering trends in the analysis
of myth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This week we will take
a brief look at a few of the ways in which the Greek myths have been
received and adapted by twentieth century artists particularly those
working in literary and musical forms.
Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (1927)
Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971), a Russian composer who spent most of his
working life in France, is one of the central figures of the modernist
movement. His Rite of Spring is one of the most important
musical compositions of the early twentieth century. Oedipus
Rex is regarded as one of the most important works of his
"classiciszing" period, which saw the composition of the ballet
Apollo Musagetes, the melodrams Persephone, and
the ballet Orpheus.
Gide's Theseus (1946)
Cheever's Metamorphoses (c. 1970)
Telson and Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus (1983)
This work, which enjoyed a successful run on Broadway and an extensive
nationwide tour before becoming the subject of a TV documentary in the
PBS "Great Performances" series, "reconceives" (in the words of the score
itself) "Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus as a parable-like
sermon on the ways of fate and particularly on a happy death. It is set
in a Black Pentacostal church. The congregation performs the Invocation
("Live Where You Can") and as the Ministers narrate, portions of the
story come to life.
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