17 Mart 2010 Çarşamba

"Bluebeard's Castle" by Sandor Veress


I found this article useful to get a clear idea about the opera. First of all, approach to Bluebeard's story is very different in Bartok's work. He shows characters' depth much more, his psyhcological approach is really interesting and very different than the traditional fairytale. This article explains this in a simple and clear way. Also mentions about Debussy&Bartok relation that I was planning to mention too. As the most interesting thing for me, he sees Bluebeard as a big "crescendo" that occurs during the whole work, an Judith oppositely as a big "decrescendo" in terms of emotions, plot and their reflection to musical symbols. This opposite manner of two main characters creates an interesting effect, Bartok's way to reflect this is again to use symbols and changes those are started from and related in a way to each other.

2 yorum:

  1. Hi Hande, I wonder that symbolism in Opera is special to Bartok or are there other examples of symbolist opera? I

  2. I'm really sorry I saw your question just now... Usage of symbols is not new with Bartok as you know. There was Wagner just before Bartok's period. But this kind of symbolist approach is not special to Bartok. First and according to some people greatest symbolist opera is Debussy's Pelias and Melisande. I think you can look at it also if you are interested in this topic.