Wagner's Meistersinger and the tradition of comic opera

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Hofmeyr, Hendrik en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kruger, David en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-13T14:20:41Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-13T14:20:41Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kruger, D. 2010. Wagner's Meistersinger and the tradition of comic opera. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12798
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 175-186). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Wagner's avowed aim in his music-dramas was to create a new type of artwork that had little in common with conventional opera. However, in his only mature comic opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, he engages more extensively with the conventions of the genre. In order to determine the extent of this engagement, the dissertation looks firstly at the nature of comedy, and at comic theatre in Germany, as well as the development of a German type of comic opera in the years preceding Wagner's opera. This is followed by an examination of the conventions of comic opera in terms of subject matter, style and form and finally by an investigation of how these were applied in Meistersinger. While it is evident that he discards what is perhaps the most salient stylistic characteristic of comic opera, namely the use of closed song-like numbers with lively accompaniments based on simple rhythmic patterns, he adopts, adapts and re-invents many of the other conventions associated with the genre. This can be seen in his use of conventional aria types, traditional orchestral forms, ensembles, choruses and moral endings. Much of this marks a unique departure from the other works composed at this stage of his career and evinces his debt to the traditions of comic opera. The vocality of his protagonists owe much to the traditions of comic opera and the music is far more diatonic than in his other late works. Conventions of subject matter that he appropriates include characters derived from the commedia dell'arte, a plot involving two pairs of lovers facing various challenges, which are overcome through a certain amount of scheming and the agency of a higher and wiser authority. While set in remote history, the opera is far more realistic in tone than Wagner's other music-dramas, and the only one in which the supernatural does not figure prominently. Other comic elements include the use of burlesque, word-play, a degree of emotional detachment, the breaching of the "fourth wall", parody and satire. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Music en_ZA
dc.title Wagner's Meistersinger and the tradition of comic opera en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department College of Music en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MMus en_ZA
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