A Farewell, a Femme Fatale, and a Film

Peter Franklin

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI:
A Farewell, a Femme Fatale, and a Film

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The chapter talks about the three musical works in the twentieth century. The first one is from the work of Mahler which inspired the Expressionism and abandonment of romantic-metaphysical epiphanies. The second is from Franz Schreker's opera Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin where it was inspired by a fleeting fancy. The last is Jean Negulesco's 1946 Humoresque which is based on a story by Fanny Hurst. These three examples are believed to be rich in meaning and human values. They are “beyond the regime of the norm” and can be classified as “best examples.” These three encourage complex questions to be brought out about the musical works of this era.

Keywords: Mahler; Franz Schreker; Jean Negulesco; Das Spielwerk; Humoresque; expressionism; human values

Chapter.  6608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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