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Title: The Timeless Philosophical and Cultural Meanings in Sergei Slonimsky’s Operatic Adaptation of King Lear
Authors: Devyatova, O. L.
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Knowledge E
Citation: Devyatova O. L. The Timeless Philosophical and Cultural Meanings in Sergei Slonimsky’s Operatic Adaptation of King Lear / O. L. Devyatova // Facets of Culture in the Age of Social Transition : Proceedings of the All-Russian Research Conference (Ekaterinburg, Russia, 23–24 March, 2018). – Dubai : Knowledge E, 2018. – KnE Engineering, 3 (8). – pp. 67-72. – DOI 10.18502/keg.v3i8.3611
Abstract: The focus of this article is the new opera by Sergei Slonimsky, King Lear, based on the Shakespeare's tragedy (in Boris Pasternak's translation adopted by the composer himself as a libretto). The opera premiered in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in 2016. Using this opera as a case study of Shakespeare's adaptation to music, we utilize it to better understand the development trajectory of contemporary Russian musical theater. The goal of this article is to highlight timeless philosophical and cultural meanings of King Lear opera through culturological approach. We explore the history of King Lear musical adaptations in Russian and global tradition; the approach taken by Sergei Slonimsky; the use of Renaissance and Baroque musical style within the contemporary musical trends; and the interpretation of the main characters of the opera (King Lear, Cordelia, Fool). We come to the conclusion that the new opera synthesizes techniques of high and mass culture, thus allowing the composer to translate timeless philosophical meanings of Shakespeare's tragedy into music in a rich and powerful way.
Keywords: OPERA
DRAMMA PER MUSICAL
COMPOSER
TRAGEDY
PHILOSOPHY
HIGH CULTURE
MASS CULTURE
FOLKLORE
TRADITION
INNOVATION
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/82750
Access: Creative Commons Attribution License
License text: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Conference name: All-Russian Research Conference with International Participation «Facets of Culture in the Age of Social Transition»
Conference date: 23.03.2018-24.03.2018
WOS ID: WOS:000469505200012
ISSN: 2518-6841
DOI: 10.18502/keg.v3i8.3611
Origin: All-Russian Research Conference with International Participation «Facets of Culture in the Age of Social Transition». — Ekaterinburg, 2018
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