The Demon byAnton Rubinstein: Between the Western and Russian Traditions (An Analysis of Selected Issues)

Małgorzata Lisecka

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LL.4-5.2017.007

Abstract


The article proposes an analysis of The Demon (1875), the only preserved opera by Anton Rubinstein, in two contexts. Firstly, it is a universal story based on fairy tales and related to the Byronic hero and the Western Romantic tradition. Secondly, it is a manifestation of the influence of the Russian national school (Moguczaja Kuczka). Therefore, the article elaborates in detail on the sacred opera (the influence of the French tradition), the function and structure of selected leitmotifs in the construction of the characters (the influence of the German tradition), and the later impact of the opera on Eugene Onegin (1879) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

 


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demon, Anton Rubinstein, Russian music, Russian national school, opera

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