Ancient Greek Rhythms in Tristan and Nietzsche
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AbstractIt was Friedrich Nietzsche, appointed professor of classical philology in 1869 at the age of twenty-four and before he had completed his doctoral dissertation, who first postulated on the basis of rigorous textual studies that eminent classical philologists active in Central Europe in the nineteenth century had gone seriously off-track. Nietzsche’s teaching and research notes on ancient Greek rhythm, the four notebooks he composed during his short-lived professorship at Basel University, were not published until 1993. In them Nietzsche alluded to Wagner’s use of Greek rhythm in Tristan, though he did not give a straightforward account of how he understood it. This paper takes a cue from Nietzsche’s most extended analysis of a Tristan excerpt (act III scene 2) buried therein, which proves catalytic in leading to an analysis through which I argue how Wagner made covert use of ancient Greek rhythm in Tristan under the constraint of the modern notation and the metrical system.
Acceptance Date25/06/2019
All Author(s) ListCheong Wai Ling
Name of ConferenceFourth Congress of the Society for Theory of Music in Russia (OTM)
Start Date of Conference02/10/2019
End Date of Conference05/10/2019
Place of ConferenceKazan
Country/Region of ConferenceRussian Federation
Year2019
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsWagner, Tristan und Isolde, Nietzsche, classical philology, ancient Greek rhythm, meter

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