Το εθνικό στοιχείο στην επτανησιακή όπερα: Η περίπτωση του Παύλου Καρρέρ

Translated title of the contribution: The National Element in the Ionian Opera: The Case of Pavlos Carrer

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Abstract

During the 19th century, exoticism and folklorism, two aesthetic tendencies which originate in the common matrix of nationalism, enjoy pan-european appeal. Especially in the field of music, folklorism was connected to the romantic discovery of elements of “national spirit” in the folk tunes of the country, while exoticism prepared the ground for the constitution of national schools of music in Europe. The first national school of music in Greece was developed outside the borders of the Modern Greek State, by the western-bred musicians of the Ionian Islands. Pavlos Carrer of Zakynthos, one of the mainstays of the Ionian school of music of the 19th c., is in essence the first Greek music composer to put forward a complete collection of vocal works with national subjects, Greek-language libretti and lyrics and melodies inspired by the folk, as well as the urban popular tradition of Greece. This article examines the double function of the national element in two Greek-inspired operas by Carrer, Marco Bozzari and Kyra-Frossini. In these two works, the composer, through his manipulation of language and music, exploits folklorism and exoticism in order to inaugurate his musical “system”, to advertise his nationalistic expressive pursuits and to create a national imagery of sound and scenery.
Translated title of the contributionThe National Element in the Ionian Opera: The Case of Pavlos Carrer
Original languageGreek
Pages (from-to)169-199
Number of pages30
JournalΑριάδνη, Επιστημονικό Περιοδικό της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής του Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • performance
  • performing arts
  • opera
  • opera studies
  • music
  • musicology
  • music theatre
  • theatre
  • theatre studies
  • Creative industries
  • Cultural studies
  • Nationalism
  • Ionian opera
  • Ionian islands
  • Modern Greece
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Modern Greek Culture
  • Nineteenth century literature and culture
  • Nineteenth century music
  • Nineteenth century studies

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