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nenia

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Music.

(It. ‘Dirge’).

In Ancient Rome, a funeral song in praise of the dead. Schiller's Nänie were set by Goetz (1874), Brahms (1880–1), and Orff (1956). Term has also been used by...

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Orestes

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Classical Studies.

The son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and brother of Electra. Having grown to manhood in exile, he returned to Argos and killed his mother and her lover Aegisthus to avenge the murder of...

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Pentheus

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Classical Studies.

In myth, son of Agavē, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, and Echion. Euripides' Bacchae gives the most familiar version of his legend. The disguised Dionysus returns from his conquests in...

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pneuma

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Music.

(Gr.).

Breath, breathing. Term applied to the florid passages sung to a single vowel at the end of certain pieces of plainsong. Such final vocalises were also known as jubili,...

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