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Re: The Librettist is an Author, Too
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2007, 10:52:38 PM »
Lucky old Strauss family, still raking it in and having done nothing for it but be born in the right bed. But that's life and on that basis, I guess Hoffy's lot also deserve their unearned share.

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Re: The Librettist is an Author, Too
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2007, 11:59:38 PM »
i've always thought Strauss' libretti sucked.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2007, 02:40:50 AM »
Odd...they are amongst the most literate and intelligent. Perhaps wordy for 21 cent. taste, but unlike most, they can just about stand up without the music.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2007, 04:25:12 AM »
Odd...they are amongst the most literate and intelligent. Perhaps wordy for 21 cent. taste, but unlike most, they can just about stand up without the music.

Thats just a repition of what everyone else says. Strauss is massively over-rated.

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2007, 05:02:18 AM »
And that is just thoughtless banter, I have read the libretti.

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Re: The Librettist is an Author, Too
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2007, 02:41:42 AM »
Hey, it's not as if Hoffmansthal is some sort of literary nonentity! He is a very decent writer and absolutely deserves the (moderate) fame he has earned.

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Re: The Librettist is an Author, Too
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2007, 02:57:38 AM »
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Hey, it's not as if Hoffmansthal is some sort of literary nonentity! He is a very decent writer and absolutely deserves the (moderate) fame he has earned.

I agree.
To me his best work is the drama "Jedermann" - the subject reminds the libretto of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius. Frank Martin composed music for some monologues.