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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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The Greek Chorus: Our German Eye s

The Greek Chorus: Our German Eye s

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Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Simon Goldhill

Oxford University Press

In ‘The Greek Chorus: Our German Eyes’, Simon Goldhill investigates the influence of German Idealist thought on modern conceptions of the chorus and argues that this influence is pervasive and determinative of modern debates. The chapter has four main sections. The first outlines the debate about the chorus in German Idealism, with a particular focus on Schlegel’s much misunderstood apophthegm that the chorus is an ‘idealized spectator’  The second section looks at the role of music for the chorus and how this too is located within German thinking of the time, especially Schopenhauer. The third section investigates how this tradition of philosophical thinking entered and profoundly influenced the performance of Greek tragedy (via opera). Fourth and finally, the chapter turns to education and scholarship, and in particular to how a watered-down Schlegel appears in texts across the full range of British education.

Keywords:   German Idealism, A. W. Schlegel, Wagner, Schopenhauer, Sheppard, opera, chorus, Greek tragedy

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