Music ETDs

Publication Date

9-1-2015

Abstract

This work reassesses the standard consensus of Zdeněk Fibich’s (1850-1900) compositional aesthetic in his most popular opera Šárka (1896). Through the use of an interdisciplinary analysis, I set out a new interpretation. I evaluate the location of the composer’s output on the nationalistic-cosmopolitan continuum through comparisons with Smetana’s and Wagner’s compositional tendencies, respectively. I correlate Fibich’s place in the Czech political and social situations as well as conceptions of folk music with the role and depiction of gender. A feminist reading of the opera in light of Fibich’s musical treatment deemphasizes the composer’s cosmopolitan side and, contrary to the popular view, illustrates his nationalistic aims.

Degree Name

Music

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Music

First Advisor

Hermann, Richard

Second Advisor

Alonso-Minutti, Ana

First Committee Member (Chair)

Bashwiner, David

Second Committee Member

Mabary, Judith

Third Committee Member

Ramirez de Arellano, Adriana

Language

English

Keywords

Fibich, Wagner, Smetana, Schulzova, Sírka, Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, Gender, Opera, Bohemia, Czech

Document Type

Thesis

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