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Female Greek Virtue in the House of Atreus: Daughters of Agamemnon as depicted in Handel's Oreste, Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, and Strauss's Elektra

Abstract This doctoral project involves a multi-disciplined analysis concerning Agamemnon's daughters (Iphigenia, Electra, and Chrysothemis) and how these women's gender and virtues were depicted as compared with ideal Greek women in antiquity. Three composers in three different eras adapted the literary and musical depictions of these women based on the composer's society, culture, audience expectations, musical climate and personal goals. George Friedrich Handel's Oreste (1734), Christoph Willibald von Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (1779) and Richard Strauss's Elektra (1909) are the main operas used for this analysis. The Mycenaean House of Atreus, a dynasty which the ancient Greeks traced back to the time of the ... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Rocklein, Robyn Michele (Author) / Fitzpatrick, Carole (Advisor) / Campbell, Andrew (Committee member) / Dreyfoos, Dale (Committee member) / Mills, Robert (Committee member) / Rogers, Rodney (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Classical literature / Theater history / Gluck / Handel / myth / opera / Strauss / virtue
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 157 pages
Language English
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Note D.M.A. Music 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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