Szegedy-Maszák Mihály

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A mû önazonossága és az elemzés kockázatai - 2011., 49. évf. 1. szám 5. - 16.o
Irodalom a zenében: Liszt Ferenc - 2012., 50. évf. 4. szám 402. - 418.o
Zene és szöveg három huszadik századi dalmûben : a hetvenéves Somfai Lászlónak abs.
Text and Music in Three Twentieth-Century Operas
Mihály Szegedy-Maszák

What happens to a poetic work when it is transformed into a piece of vocal music? Trying to find an answer to this question, the author examines three operas based on literary works written in the late nineteenth or the early twentieth century: Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. The French and the Hungarian composer deleted certain parts of the text and thereby changed the message: for Debussy Golaud is the hero, for Bartok Bluebeard is a victim rather than a criminal. Their operas are less didactic than the plays they used as a starting point. By adding three scenes to the text of Henry James, Britten made the story less ambiguous. The different strategies of these composers may explain why the works of James, Debussy, and Bartok have had a more impressive history of interpretations than those of Maeterlinck, Balazs, and Britten. The conclusion is inescapable that in certain operas the relation between libretto and music can be characterized as discord rather than harmony. There may be more discrepancy than analogy between the histories of the two media.
2005., 43. évf. 1. szám 35. - 64.o