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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Hackett, Charles

Hackett, Charles (4 Nov 1889)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
263 words

...performance. He continued to sing until 1939 . Hackett made a number of records, including duets with Maria Barrientos and Ponselle ; they document a secure technique and a certain elegance, though there is also a sense of routine about them. That sense is completely dispelled by the sweep and finesse of his style in a recording of a Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette from 1935 . L. F. Holdridge : ‘ Charles Hackett ’, Record Collector , xxii (1974–5), 173–214 Richard Dyer , Elizabeth...

Gloriana

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,494 words

...on public ceremonial. The difficulties Britten experienced with Gloriana , and its early reception, may help to explain why Britten failed to compose the much‐mooted King Lear and tended to avoid ‘grand opera’. His great achievements in this more intimate medium cannot wholly dispel a sense of regret for what might have been. Arnold...

Armide (ii)

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,899 words
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...a golden sceptre given them by a magician to counter Armide's magic powers. 4.ii The desert changes into beautiful country‐side and the two knights are in turn tempted by demons who have been transformed by Armide to resemble their beloveds. They are not deceived for long; they dispel these visions with the golden sceptre and go on their way towards Armide's palace, singing a duet of heroic resolution (‘Fuyons les douceurs dangereuses’). A ct 5 Armide's enchanted palace Armide is now committed to loving Renaud but fears she will lose him (as Hatred...

Fair at Sorochintsï, The

Fair at Sorochintsï, The   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,690 words

...bell and church singing put the demons and witches to flight. Grits'ko awakens and ponders his dream. (The autograph vocal score of this number, adapted from the Mlada music, is dated 10 May 1880 .) 3.ii c Parasya comes out of Kum's house, missing Grits'ko. The warm sun dispels her melancholy: she sings a merry song and breaks into a hopak. Cherevik spies her and joins in (‘Parasya's Dumka’: MS dated 3 July 1879 ; an orchestral score exists, begun by Musorgsky and finished by Rimsky‐Korsakov). d Kum and Grits'ko enter with a group of peasant lads and...

Freischütz, Der

Freischütz, Der   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,567 words

...affirms her trust in God in the cavatina ‘Und ob die Wolke’. She has had a bad dream in which she saw herself as a white dove: when Max fired his gun she fell; the dove vanished and she was Agathe again, but a bleeding black bird lay at her feet. Aennchen enters and tries to dispel Agathe's anxiety. In a romanza and aria, ‘Einst träumte’, which Weber added to the opera for his first Aennchen, she tells a tale of a cousin who had fearful nightmares which resulted from the sound of the dog rattling its chain. The bridesmaids arrive and sing a folksong about...

Handmaid's Tale, The

Handmaid's Tale, The   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,437 words

...floor. Act 2.i–iii Offred's bedroom; the Commander's study; Serena Joy's sitting room Rita enters Offred's bedroom and finds the Handmaid asleep on the floor where she collapsed the night before. Mistaking her for dead, she drops the breakfast tray, waking Offred, who quickly dispels both Rita's fears and her subsequent suspicions of pregnancy. Later, in the Commander's study, Offred reads aloud from a fashion magazine – a forbidden act. Again he kisses her. During the monthly impregnation ritual, the Commander touches Offred's cheek, a strictly forbidden...

Götterdämmerung

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
3,768 words
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...orchestral interlude meditating on salient themes effects a transition from Hagen sitting malevolently on watch outside the palace to Brünnhilde sitting in innocent contemplation of Siegfried's ring outside the cave. The introduction of Brünnhilde's ex.2, with lighter scoring, dispels some of the oppressive atmosphere, but there remain enough pungent harmonies to suggest that trouble lies ahead. 1.iii The Valkyrie rock There is thunder and lightning and Brünnhilde sees her sister Waltraute approach on a winged horse (much use of the galloping Valkyrie motif)....

Ruslan and Lyudmila

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,974 words

...astir’). With their dancing the magical maidens plunge Ratmir into a stupor in which he forgets Lyudmila; Gorislava, too, finds him oblivious. Ruslan now wanders in, lured by Naina . Transfixed by Gorislava he too forgets Lyudmila, to Naina's delight. But Finn appears and dispels the charms. The magical maidens disappear, the magic castle turns into a forest, Ruslan is ready to continue his quest, and Ratmir, now that he has found his true love in Gorislava, becomes our hero's ally. A ct 4 Chernomor's magic gardens, in the distance a river Lyudmila is...

Wozzeck

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,795 words

...world. Andres is untroubled and sings a folksong, ‘Das ist die schöne Jägerei’, to counteract Wozzeck's paranoia, but the scene ends with Wozzeck hearing noises under the ground and seeing the sinking sun as engulfing the world in flames. The orchestral interlude gradually dispels the atmosphere of menace with the first stirrings of the military band. 1.iii (Military March and Lullaby) Marie's house, evening Marie, her child in her arms, is watching the military band march by. The Drum Major acknowledges her, and the march provides the background to a...

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