Saturday, February 25, 2017
Eternity is in the suffering of life
The article will be published in French some time
in April (32 pages) under the following title:
Jacques COULARDEAU ------------------------------------------- p. 155
Britten. L’étranger, l’enfant et la mort dans ses opéras
will find all the reading and research notes
IN ENGLISH, opera by opera in the following file of some 140
am pretty sure opera lovers, Benjamin Britten enthusiasts and music lovers will
enjoy following, in chronological order, the building of a whole temple
dedicated to the figure of the estranged man, rarely estranged woman,
confronted to a child, most of the times a boy, at times a boy and a girl and
how these children are confronted to death, real sad death that is anything but
natural; but also the death that comes as sinister fate, as war and an obsessive
and recurrent Jewish reference, be it Biblical or be it 1939 and Bertold Brecht’s
visionary poem on the extermination of children, and first of all the Jewish
child on the decision of a Nazi judge.
will of course love and enjoy over and over again Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, that poignant story of
an old man seeing his end coming and falling in love with a young teenager he
will not speak to, he will not touch nor approach in any way, contemplating in
him his possible descent, his possible heritage, his possible continuation in
his search for beauty, the formal architecture of beauty that is so mesmerizing
when met in pure mental and spiritual expectation to survive in it because
beauty will survive his own departure.
becomes an offering to God and life in this empathetic search for fulfillment.
Bunyan 1941-1976 p.
Grimes 1945 p.
3. Rape of
Lucretia 1946 p.
Herring 1947 p. 23
Nicolas 1948 p.
Little Sweep 1949 p.
II: Abraham and Isaac 1952 p.
10. Turn of
the Screw 1954 p.
of Pagodas 1957 p.
Fludde 1958 p.
Night’s Dream 1960 p.
Requiem 1962 p.
15. Curlew River 1964 p. 104
Fiery Furnace 1966 p.
Golden Vanity 1966 p.
Son 1968 p.
Children’s Crusade 1969 p.
Wingrave 1970 p.
in Venice 1973 p.
The previous stages in that research for
the curious minds among you
Jacques COULARDEAU & Benjamin BRITTEN
at Academia.edu (60)
The Turn of
the Screw, from James to Britten
Jacques Coulardeau at Academia.edu (55)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S OPERAS
DEATH – MARGINALITY – TRANSCENDANCE – LOVE DENIAL
Jacques Coulardeau & Paul Bunyan
at Academia.edu (62)
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