Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell, Eds.: Victory over the Sun: The World's First Futurist Opera

Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell, Eds.: Victory over the Sun: The World's First Futurist Opera

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Rosamund Bartlett and Sarah Dadswell, eds. Victory over the Sun: The World's First Futurist Opera. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2012. Pp. xv + 328. $110.00.

This volume begins with a list of illustrations (vii-x), acknowledgments (xi), about the text (xii), about the contributors (xii-xv) and an introduction by the editors (1-16). The primary text is divided into two parts. Part I, "Texts and Scores" includes: "Bibliographies of the Librettists, Set Designer, and Composer (17-18); Rosamund Bartlett, "Annotated Translation of the Libretto of Victory over the Sun" (19-45); "Pobeda nad solntsem: Facsimile of the Original 1913 Russian Publication, Incorporating Score Fragments by Matiushin" (46-71); "Maria Ender's Transcription of Matiushin's Original Score for Victory over the Sun" (71-86); "Contemporary Reviews" (87-95); Aleksei Kruchenykh, "'About the Opera Victory over the Sun'" (96-108). Part II, "Essays" includes: Michaela Bohmig, "The Russian Cubo-Futurist Opera Victory over the Sun: Aleksei Kruchenykh's Alogical Creation" (109-25); Murray Frame, "Entertainment and Enlightenment in Late Imperial Russian Theatre" (126-35); Laurence Senelick, "On the Eve: The Russian Stage 1911-1914" (136-52); Robert Leach, "Victories over the Sun: The Drama of the Russian Futurists" (153-64); John E. …

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