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Subject: Re: Strauss operas
From: Scott Flatto <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scott Flatto <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 4 Dec 2008 11:32:40 -0500

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I don't blame you for this, Wes, I blame this Mr. Mayer, but I don't
understand this conclusion at all. Hofmannsthal was a member of "Jung Wien",
a group of writers I would hardly consider to be "close to both the rules
and the values of the Old Regime." P. Altenberg? A. Schnitzler? They had the
values of the Old Regime? K. Kraus?
Maybe they weren't flame-throwing radicals and revolutionaries, but
something is wrong with this observation.

And which writing specifically? His famous "Jedermann" was several years
after the play-version of "Elektra." Relatively speaking, it's a modern

Not sure what Mr. Mayer's thesis is, or when this book was written, but he
needs to update it.

SF in Boston

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM, Wesley Smith
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>  He suggests that Strauss' operatic transition went from
> a brief foray into modernity to an upholder to the values of the Ancient
> Regime.  Strauss to some extent, and von Hofmannsthal to a much greater
> extent, were particularly close to both the rulers and the values of the
> Old
> Regime, and chose, after the failure in Vienna of Salome and Elektra to
> retreat to much safer, "older" themes as found in Rosenkavalier.
> Wes Smith

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