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Cold War

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The antagonism between the USA and USSR lasting from the late 1940s until the late 1980s, ‘cold’ because it was waged through diplomatic and ideological means rather than force. Britain ...

Midsummer Marriage, The

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
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2,455 words
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...stage in the journey towards his operatic vision was his war‐time oratorio A Child of our Time ( 1939–41 ), for which, acting on the advice of T. S. Eliot , he wrote his own text. With this achievement as a foundation he embarked on the creation of an operatic scenario, again taking inspiration from Eliot (among many other sources). This began as a vision in his mind's eye: I saw a stage picture … of a wooded hilltop with a temple, where a warm and soft young man was being rebuffed by a cold and hard young woman … to such a degree that the collective,...

Frau ohne Schatten, Die

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,337 words
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...no shadow’, because her immature huntsman‐Emperor does nothing but self‐absorbedly pursue his game. The librettist chose to give them no scene together until Act 3, when the Emperor is already freezing into stone. Understandably, the composer complained that he found this pair cold and uninspiring. The other childless couple were another matter: the librettist had confessed at the start that he was imagining the Dyer's Wife after Strauss's own formidable Pauline, and Strauss could comfortably identify himself with the decent, much‐put‐upon Barak. At almost no...

Peter Grimes

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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
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3,319 words
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...in speech, not song – tells him in as many words to take his own life. This, after Grimes's movingly restrained recapitulation of ‘What harbour shelters peace?’, accompanied only by distant choral reiterations of Grimes's name, may seem a harsh effect, and a harsh judgment: but as cold reality, both are appropriate. The ‘dawn’ music returns, the orchestra heard for the first time since Act 3 scene i, and there are three further stanzas of the choral song that began Act 1; the only remarks of the various subsidiary characters who assemble are that a boat, seen...

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