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Subject: Death in Venice
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:04:10 +0000
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I have issues with DEATH IN VENICE  as a work as well, but have seen it carried off well twice: at Berkeley Opera and at Glimmerglass, There are Britten operas I esteem far higher, but nor is it the empty thing GCR claims it to be.

In citing Ronald Duncan--an erstwhile librettist of Britten-- on the issue of "tedious sung speech",  GCR cites the author of these immortal lines: 
"Now who rides? Who's ridden?
Tarquinius, the stallion? Or the beast, Tarquinius?
In both blood furious with desire impetuous
burns for its quietus
with speed aflame through sweat and dust
the arrow flies
straight as lust.".......

"The oatmeal slippers of sleep creep through the city
and drag the sable shadows of night over the limbs of light."
Cheers - DLS

      GCR penned:
Consider the comments of Ronald Duncan []:


*>1) Death in Venice erred by having to much recitative within a limited
range amounting to a vocal monotony.... *The tedious sung speech in this
work should not be compared to the interesting recitative approach of other
composers.

   

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