Goethe's Works Volume 15

Goethe's Works Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...what one must know, so as to be able to understand the poem. Yours ever, .... YEsTERDAY we had Spiker's brand-new version of Macbeth for the first time at our Theatre..... The special novelty was a new, incidental Overture, with choruses and dances for the Witches. Kapellmeister Spohr of Cassel, the composer, is a clever man, and were it not too much of a good thing, the whole might be better. I have nothing to say against the idea, for the Orchestra once there, it may just as well play what is appropriate. But the question is, what is appropriate? No one need blacken the night, --and that's the cause of the mischief. The play is full of coarse company, and requires a downright style. That was wanting, and so the audience rejoiced, when the murderers up above took up their work again. 192.--GOsTHE TO ZELTER. Weimar, 3Oth December, 1825..... Yotm Sibylline leaf about Macbeth, I thin': I can explain tolerably well in my own fashion; anyhow it suggested to me these reflections. These efforts are of the kind which King Saul demanded of the Witch of Endor, summoning forth the great dead, when we are unable to help ourselves. Shakespeare bristles r1p, even more repulsively than that dead prophet, and if they try to conjure him back again in all his integrity, that is worst of all. Such a mish-mash of very ancient and very modern will always be startling, as you have quite correctly felt. How does all this costume help P Looked at attentively, it is evident that actors and dresses, decorations and ghosts, musicians and spectators are, after all, not in harmony with one another. This was what distracted you in so important 8-performance. To many others too it is revolting, though they do not confess it; many tolerate it, because.show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680810X
  • 9781236808103