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The Great Tradition and Its Legacy: The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe

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The Great Tradition and Its Legacy

The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe

Edited by Michael Cherlin, Halina Filipowicz and Richard L. Rudolph

290 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-173-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2003)

ISBN  978-1-57181-403-6 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (October 2004)

eISBN 978-1-78238-168-6 eBook

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Both dramatic and musical theater are part of the tradition that has made Austria - especially Vienna - and the old Habsburg lands synonymous with high culture in Central Europe. Many works, often controversial originally but now considered as classics, are still performed regularly in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, or Krakow. This volume not only offers an excellent overview of the theatrical history of the region, it is also an innovative, cross-disciplinary attempt to analyse the inner workings and dynamics of theater through a discussion of the interplay between society, the audience, and performing artists.

Michael Cherlin is Professor of Music Theory, University of Minnesota.

Halina Filipowicz is Professor of Slavic Literatures, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Richard L. Rudolph is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota.

Subject: 18th/19th Century History Performance Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Illustrations

Richard L. Rudolph

Notes on Contributors


Introduction: Rethinking Drama and Theater in Austria and Central Europe Halina Filipowicz 3

Part I: The Enlightenment and the “New Beginning”

Chapter 1. “By and By We Shall Have an Enlightened Populace”: Moral Optimism and the Fine Arts in Late-Eighteenth-Century Austria
Ernst Wangermann

Chapter 2. Taming a Transgressive National Hero: Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Nineteenth-Century Polish Drama
Halina Filipowicz

Chapter 3. Nestroy and His Naughty Children: A Plebeian Tradition in the Austrian Theater
Carl Weber

Chapter 4. Pantomime, Dance, Sprachskepsis, and Physical Culture in German and Austrian Modernism
Harold B. Segel

Chapter 5. Populism versus Elitism in Max Reinhardt’s Austrian Productions of the 1920s
Michael Patterson

Part Two: Post-Holocaust and Postmodern Theater

Chapter 6. Elfriede Jelinek’s Nora Project; or, What Happens When Nora Meets the Capitalists
Christine Kiebuzinska

Chapter 7. George Tabori’s Return to the Danube, 1987–1999
Hans-Peter Bayerdörfer

Chapter 8. Thomas Bernhard’s Heldenplatz: Artists and Societies beyond the Scandal
Alfred Pfabigan

Chapter 9. Pulling the Pants Off History: Politics and Postmodernism in Thomas Bernhard’s Eve of Retirement
Jeanette R. Malkin


Introduction: Conflict and Crosscurrents in Viennese Music
Michael Cherlin

Part III: The Emergence of the Classical Style

Chapter 10. Vienna as a Center of Ballet Reform in the Late Eighteenth Century
Sibylle Dahms

Chapter 11. The Viennese Singspiel, Haydn, and Mozart
Eva Badura-Skoda

Chapter 12. Displaying (Out)Rage: The Dilemma of Constancy in Mozart’s Operas
Gretchen A. Wheelock

Part IV: Some Major Transformations of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Chapter 13. Karl Goldmark’s Operas during the Directorship of Gustav Mahler
Peter Revers

Chapter 14. A Break in the Scenic Traditions of the Vienna Court Opera: Alfred Roller and the Vienna Secession
Evan Baker

Chapter 15. Schoenberg’s Music for the Theater
Michael Cherlin


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