Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Melancholy of Resistance as Left Melancholy

The Greek translation of the novel The Melancholy of Resistance (1989) by the Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai (1954) appears at a most appropriate time, since the “Poetry of the Left Melancholy” of the Greek Generation of the 2000s, together with various … Continue reading

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The “Oresteia” in film

I am thinking of three major filmic approaches to Aeschylus’ surviving trilogy: Ferdinando Baldi’s The Forgotten Pistolero (1969, 88’), a spaghetti western set in Mexico; Theo Angelopoulos’ The Traveling Players (1975, 222’), a Brechtian survey of Greek history between 1939-52; … Continue reading

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The “Oresteia” in music

I am thinking of the three major musical approaches to Aeschylus’ surviving trilogy: Sergei Taneyev’s opera, composed in 1887-94 and based on a Russian adaptation by A. A. Wenkstern; Darius Milhaud’s oratorio, composed in 1913-23 and based on a French … Continue reading

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The centrality of music in German aesthetics

Idealist philosophy and classical music emerged together in Germany in the 1790s.  They were part of the same grandiose cultural project, the creation of a social discipline I shall call Contemplative Conduct, the self-discipline (which Schiller called “Aesthetic Education”) of … Continue reading

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Hellenism and eroticism in the French mélodie

“Chloris and Zephyr” by Jacopo Amigoni The mélodie, the French art song that flourished between 1880-1920, deserves a very special place among the Hellenisms of classical music. The exquisite songs of Chabrier, Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Poulenc, Ravel, Satie … Continue reading

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