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Constructing chivalry: the symbolism of King Mark in Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde"

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dc.contributor.author Heikel, Julie Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-02T17:18:43Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-02T17:18:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-12-02T17:18:43Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3148
dc.description.abstract Despite Tristan’s place as a cornerstone of the operatic repertory, there has been surprisingly little scholarship on King Mark, whom scholars often overlook in favour of the title characters. This study examines Wagner’s adaptation of his source, the Tristan of Gottfried von Strassburg, to construct a character that represents the courtly chivalric society of the opera in opposition to the new order represented in Tristan’s passionate pursuit of love and, ultimately, of death. Building on literary scholarship of the Tristan tradition, this study explores issues of duality and decline in Mark’s character and the elements of his chivalric friendship with Tristan within the homosocial constructs of the courts. Through his use of traditional operatic lament form, associative orchestration, and text expression, Wagner constructs a king who is more nuanced that any of his predecessors: one cleansed by tragedy and capable of forgiveness. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 en
dc.subject Tristan en
dc.subject opera en
dc.subject Gottfried, von Strassburg, 13th cent. en
dc.subject chivalry en
dc.subject homosocial en
dc.subject orchestration en
dc.subject Music Drama en
dc.subject King Mark en
dc.subject bass clarinet en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Communication and the Arts::Music en
dc.title Constructing chivalry: the symbolism of King Mark in Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Lewis Hammond, Susan
dc.contributor.supervisor Kellan, Kurt
dc.degree.department School of Music en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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