Revived is the Lord... : Two Readings of a Dramatic Approach in Music

  • Thomas Hochradner Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Mozarteum, Salzburg


To envision the non-presentable is a venture. This will only succeed if a conventional frame is going to secure the intention, if the composer is able to release extraordinary creative potential and the audience is endowed with effectual imagination. A comparison of Georg Friedrich Handel’s early oratorio La Resurrezione HWV 47 (1708) and Franco Alfano’s opera Risurrezione, premiered 1904, which is based on a libretto by Cesare Hanau after Lev Tolstoy’s novel Resurrection, makes it clear that certain structures – of the works’ dispositions as well as the musical realizations – help to avoid any danger of irrelevance or chauvinism. Whereas Handel’s approach is a sacral, Alfano’s a secular one, both times a starting position for the composer arises which basically incites a link between the antithetic spheres. Further on not similarities, but possibilities to individualize a topic are questioned, a topic which – notwithstanding the attraction of characterizing a transcendental area compositionally – has scarcely been taken up in the course of music history. 


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HochradnerT. (2015). Revived is the Lord. : Two Readings of a Dramatic Approach in Music. Musicological Annual, 50(2), 213-221.