Author : Carl S. Leafstedt
Description:This is the first full-length examination of Bartok's 1911 opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, an authoritative study of one of the 20th century's enduring operatic works. Leafstedt adopts a broad approach to the study of opera by introducing, in addition to the expected music-dramatic analysis, topics of a more interdisciplinary nature that are new to the field of Bartok studies. These new areas of critical and scholarly terrain include a detailed literary study of the libretto and a gender-focused analysis of the opera's female character, Judith. Distinguished by its reliance on original Hungarian source material as herein translated by Leafstedt and made available in English for the first time, this book will surely fascinate music scholars and opera lovers alike.