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Igor Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress: A Parody of the Italian Opera of the 18th Century as a Defence against Wagnerian Aesthetics of Music-Drama



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference The Eighteenth-Century Italian Opera Seria: Metamorphoses of the Opera in the Imperial Age
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Neo-Classicism, Anti-Wagnerianism, tradition, model, parody, pre-Romantic theatre, baroque opera, Beggar’s opera, Mozartian opera buffa, number opera
Description The article attempts, from a number perspective’s of Igor Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, to hint at the ways in which the world of the eighteenth-century opera may address the man of a later era. Stravinsky refuses Wagnerian type of music-drama. He was inspired by the pre-Romantic musical theatre, e.g. The Beggar’s opera or Mozartian operas buffa as it is structured by Lorenzo da Ponte. He solves the relation to these models by means of a parody and ironic way.

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