Arts in the Silver Age

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Unformatted text preview: Arts in the Silver Age New influences: Richard Wagner • Composer (1813-83) mostly know for his massive operas; • Developed the theory of Gesamtkunstwerk , or the “total artwork”: opera is – Music + – Friedrich Nietzsche • Artist-philosopher (1844-1900) most famous for proclaiming the Übermensch and the death of God; • Believed that Western civilization was in a state of decadence ; The Birth of Tragedy in the Spirit of Music (1872) • Apollo • God of the Sun • Associated with – Rationality – Science – Order/harmony – Individualism – Classical music • Dionysus • God of Wine • Associated with – Irrationality – Ecstasy – Disorder/chaos – Community – Modern music, dance Nietzsche believed that the ancient Greeks understood the necessity for maintaining a balance between these two forces, as evident in the great works of Athenian tragedy. Modern culture rejects/denies the Dionysian, to our peril! From France: the Symbolists • Originated with...
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