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Title: Friedenstag and Daphne : an interpretative study of the literary and dramatic sources of the operas by Richard Strauss
Author: Birkin, K. W.
ISNI:       0000 0000 8111 3170
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1983
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Strauss was essentially a child of the nineteenth century, and it was unquestionably this era which moulded his outlook and which guided his artistic endeavours. The operas, Friedenstag and Daphne, were written at a time inauspicious in portent and ominous of disaster, when it appeared that under the existing regime in Germany, the ideals and heritage bequeathed by a cultural past represented by Goethe, MOzart and Wagner was at risk in a changing world of horror and brutality. The discovery of a substantial hoard of so far unpublished source material - letters, drafts and sketches - relating to these two operas enables us to deepen our knowledge of their respective backgrounds and to increase our understanding of the personalities who shaped them. It also allows us to trace the course of their development and to assess the importance of the ideas which they contain, to the composer. This at a time when he viaibly attempted to equate his understanding of the tradition to which he belonged with the harsh reality of the world around him. It is patent that, as he beheld the shattered ruinS of the ideals of a lif&-time, he retreated into his own private world of composition, therein sublimating the worst of his fears and yet powerfully expressing his deepest felt artistic beliefs through the creative achievements of these troubled years - a testimony of hope for the future to those who have ears to hear.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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