The Lost Tradition of Dvořák’s Operas: Myth, Music, and Nationalism examines Antonín Dvořák’s operas, specifically Jakobín and Rusalka, from a critical standpoint, focusing on such criteria as tonal structures, thematic material and motives, subject matter, Czech folklore and musical influences, textual language, nationalism, characters, compositional history, performance history, and reception. This research vindicates and validates Dvořák as an opera composer and shows him to be an overlooked master in nineteenth century opera and the bridge between the Verdi and Wagner traditions.
John Holland is member of the contract music faculty at York University.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The Evolution of Opera in Post-Napoleonic Europe
Chapter Three: The Birth of Czech Opera and the National Theatre
Chapter Four: Dvořák’s Life and Travels
Chapter Five: A Microcosm of Dvořák’s Opera; Analysis of Jakobín and Rusalka
Chapter Six: The Performance History of the Operas
Chapter Seven: Returning Dvořák’s Voice to the Operatic Stage
Appendix: Further Reading and Listening
Dr. John Holland's book provides expert research and analysis of Dvořák’s operatic œuvre, and is a major contribution to the field for both musicologists and performers alike. He brings to light the musical, historical and cultural richness of an otherwise neglected part of Dvořák’s compositional output, while presenting modern-day awareness and performance practice suggestions.