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. The intent of this research is to vindicate and validate Dvořák as an opera composer; to show him to be an overlooked master in Nineteenth Century opera and the bridge between the Verdi and Wagner traditions. Now, well over one hundred years after his death, it is now time for Dvořák to take his rightful place in the operatic echelon.
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