The "Ariadne auf Naxos" of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss
Daviau, Donald G.
Buelow, George J.
This book presents in comprehensive fashion the extraordinary development of "Ariadne auf Naxos" from its conception to the final operatic version. The unique collaboration of Hofmannsthal and Strauss is examined and the classical myths that served as a basis for the libretto are investigated. The detailed analysis and interpretation of both the text and the music demonstrate that this work is epochal in the history of early nineteenth-century opera and commands central importance in the overall production of its authors.
KeywordsGerman Studies; Literature; Music
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
Publication date and placeChapel Hill, 1975
SeriesUNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures, 80
Literature: history & criticism