Representation of Clytemnestra and Cassandra in Taneyev's Oresteia
Abstract:Sergei Taneyev (18561915) was a Muscovite, a piano virtuoso, music theorist, composer, and pedagogue. He was a pupil and later a close friend of Tchaikovsky, and a teacher of Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Glier and Gretchaninov, among a host of other Russian composers. Taneyev was also known for his passionate interest in Greek antiquity, in the early music of the Netherlands, and in counterpoint. The choice for the subject of his one and only opera Oresteia (1894),
1The title of Aeschylus' The Oresteia appears in Russian as Oresteia, because the definite article does not exist in Russian. This article will therefore refer to Taneyev's opera as Oresteia, and the original work of Aeschylus as The Oresteia.
2For a detailed discussion of antiquity in Russian literature, music and art, see Korabelnikova 1986: 101109, and Korabelnikova 1979: 8392.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Leeds.
Publication date: June 5, 2008
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