The Operas <i>Erwartung</i> and <i>Die glückliche Hand</i>

Bryan R. Simms

in The Atonal Music of Arnold Schoenberg 1908–1923

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128260
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848843 | DOI:
                   The Operas Erwartung and Die glückliche Hand

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Due to his unsuccessful efforts in completing an operatic libretto, Schoenberg searched for a literary collaborator, someone sympathetic to his literary tastes. He found such a colleague in Marie Pappenheim. The contradiction between two accounts of the Erwatung points to the essential differences of interpretation and perspective of the musician and writer. The physician Pappenhiem was concerned with the Woman as an individual, as a apatinet. Her tortured emotions are symptoms of an illness that could have been avoided by her taking possession of her emotional life. For the musician Schoenberg, Erwatung deals with emotions per se. The individuality and psychology of the Woman were secondary, even arbitrary matters. Meanwhile, the drama of the Die glückliche Hand incorporates two themes: an artist spurned by his contemporaries and Man's search for love despite repeated failures.

Keywords: Erwatung; Op. 17; operatic libretto; Strauss's Salome; emotions; Op. 18; Seziersaal; Marie Pappenheim; Die glückliche Hand

Chapter.  10255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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