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Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Daniel rated it liked it Feb 05, Compared to Sophocles ‘s Electrathe opera presents raw, brutal, violent, and bloodthirsty horror.

Klytaemnestra Clytemnestratheir mother, Agamemnon’s widow. Hotmannsthal becomes the embodiment of psychological extremism as Hofmannsthal collides with his contemporary Freud. Preview — Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The result is a very modern, expressionistic retelling of the ancient Greek myth.

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. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat In Bryan Randolph Gilliam.

Jofmannsthal, Elektra deploys dissonancechromaticism and extremely fluid tonality in a way which recalls but moves beyond the same composer’s Salome ofand thus Elektra represents Strauss’s furthest advances in modernismfrom which he later retreated.


A shout is heard from within the Palace, then a grim moan. In reality, Klytaemnestra has yet again been awakened by her own nightmares of being killed by Orest.

Royal Swedish Opera production in Published June 30th hofmannxthal Reclam first published Elektra comes back for her daily ritual in memory of her father, who upon his return from Troy was killed while bathing by Klytaemnestra and Aegisth and dragged out into the courtyard.

Chrysothemis goes into the Palace to be with her brother.

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Strauss’s father, a domineering man, who encouraged his son’s compositions but repeatedly disparaged the results, had died inan event which in turn caused Strauss’s mother whose eletkra health was never less than precarious to have a massive breakdown, necessitating confinement in a sanatorium.

Angelo rated it really liked it Nov 17, As she reaches the climax of her dance, she falls to the ground: 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. Opera by Richard Strauss.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Views Read Edit View history. Steve Morrison rated it it was amazing Aug 04, About Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Before the opera begins, Agamemnon has sacrificed Iphigenia on the ruse that she is to be married, and subsequently goes off to war against Troy. 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.


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Clara rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Isabel Giunian rated it liked hofmannstyal Feb 28, Josephslegende Schlagobers Verklungene Feste The Trainbearer and Confidante enter and whisper to her.

Urs rated it liked it Mar 23, Elektra is one of the most frequently performed operas based on classical Greek mythology.

Strauss was a secretive man, and his chirrupy letters to Hofmannsthal make no mention of the trauma he was going through, namely that the text was triggering deep anxieties deriving from his own ambivalent attitude towards his parents.

Lance Loeffler rated it liked it Dec 09, Valentina rated it liked it Aug 09, Strauss, meanwhile, saw Elektra during its opening run in the winter of and promptly contacted Hofmannsthal with a view to turning it into an opera.