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Author Reynolds, Mike, author.

Title Creating Der Rosenkavalier : from chevalier to cavalier / Michael Reynolds.

Publication Info. Woodbridge, Suffolk : The Boydell Press, 2016.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    782.1092 STRA ROS    Available
Description xvi, 239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
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Summary A full account of the making, during 1909-10, of 'Der Rosenkavalier' with emphasis on its derivation from a French operette of 1907, 'L'ingénu libertin', which was seen in Paris by Count Harry Kessler and which formed the basis of the opera then to be written by Hofmannsthal and Strauss. Previous scholarship has credited the narrative and characters of 'Der Rosenkavalier' to much older French sources known to and studied by Hofmannsthal, but this book shows clearly how every element in 'L'ingénu libertin' is in fact taken (and transformed) by Kessler and Hofmannsthal into the work that made fortunes for Hofmannsthal and Strauss, but left Kessler on the sidelines. Michael Reynolds casts a major new light on Strauss's most popular operatic success, highlighting in particular how it was that Hofmannsthal - who had not until then had any theatrical success as an original playwright - was advised and empowered by Kessler to produce a work that succeeded onstage from its very first performance and went rapidly on to conquer the stages of the world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Overture -- Beginners -- On the page ... -- ... and onto the stage -- Act One The Young Libertine -- Act Two Who Was Harry Kessler? -- Act Three In two scenes and an Epilogue -- Scene One Devising the scenario -- Scene Two Characterisation and authorship.
Subject Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Rosenkavalier (Opera).
Terrasse, Claude, 1867-1923. Ingénu libertin.
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929.
Kessler, Harry, Graf, 1868-1937.
ISBN 9781783270491 (hardback)
1783270497 (hardback)

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