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Richard Theodore Ely

Subject: Philosophy

(1854–1943)

Richard T. Ely was born on 13 April 1854 in Ripley, New York, and died on 4 October 1943 in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He grew up in Fredonia in ...

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,235 words

...their effect was the opposite of illuminating: they added yet another layer of stiff distancing from the action, which had already been paralysed by Stravinsky's insistence that the main characters behave like statues. (A frieze‐like set, drawn by the composer's artist son Théodore , is prescribed in the published score.) While the effect of this procedure has been compared to that of Brecht's ‘epic theatre’, it seems more likely beholden to older Russian‐symbolist notions of art as harbinger of a new mythological age and conveyor of spiritual community....

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