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Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage$
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Peter Brown and Suzana Ograjenšek

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.001.0001

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The Metamorphosis of a Greek Comedy and its Protagonist

The Metamorphosis of a Greek Comedy and its Protagonist

Some Musical Versions of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

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Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Simone Beta

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks why Aristophanes' Lysistrata has been so successful in the last centuries, and why is this success still lasting. What reasons have persuaded so many playwrights to put new words into the mouth of this remarkable heroine? And what reasons have induced so many musicians to set those words to music? The chapter traces a short history of the English, French, German, Italian, American, Greek, as well as Romanian and Hungarian sisters of Lysistrata, all much younger than the Aristophanic original but, in one way or another, similar to their old relative.

Keywords:   Greek comedy, comic opera, Aristophanes, Lysistrata

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