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Ritornel jako symbol labyrintického tance v Ariadně Bohuslava Martinů

Title in English The ritornello as a symbol of labyrinthic dance in Bohuslav Martinů’s Ariane


Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Musicologica Brunensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Antiquity, Neo-classicism, Surrealism, labyrinth, ritornello
Description Martinů was one of the foremost composers in the 20th century whose work finds inspiration in the mythology of Antiquity. The composer – like Stravinsky, Picasso, Dürrenmatt, etc. – created commentary to ancient model from the present point of view. The opera Ariane is his most important work in this area. Martinů described the Ariane as a „light comedy“. This designation is in accord with the neoclassicist form inspired, e.g. by Monteverdi’s Orfeo. On the other hand, this model of baroque and classicist opera is permeated with Surrealist influences. The main ritornello plays an important role in the opera. Its dance character has its roots in Dionysian cult which is connected with the cult of Ariadne. From this point of view, it can be understood as the symbol of labyrinthic wandering.

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