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The Politics of Appropriation: German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy

Jason Geary


This book uncovers a largely forgotten chapter in music history by considering the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany. Drawing on research from the fields of musicology, history, classical studies, and theater studies, it explores the trend of combining music and Greek tragedy that began in 1841 with Felix Mendelssohn’s wildly popular score for the groundbreaking Prussian court production of Sophocles’ Antigone and that later included productions of Euripides’ Medea, Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King with music by Wilhelm Taubert, Men ... More

Keywords: Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner, Incidental music, Greek tragedy, Hellenism, German national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Geary, author
University of Michigan