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Subject: Adorno on "Opera's True Object"
From: Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:56:12 +0000

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I think it depends upon which fragment of the facts you wish to believe.

It has been truly said that an elephant without its trunk is not an elephant. An opera peeled down to music alone will of course function as music, but it is not an opera.

Admittedly, there is little doubt that opera ceases to exist, either instantly, or only finally when the music is removed, but this places music in the same light as the elephants trunk.

An intricate work of theatre, is what opera is, ranging from quite a little to monumental depending upon the opera.

There is no doubt that music is the backbone, and may even be the major reason for the existence of opera, but it is only complete as an art form when all its pieces, light, heavy, great, and small, are in place and working together.


Isaac Alan

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