By Stephen Walsh
Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex is broadly said as the most unique musical theater works of the 20 th century. This transparent and concise advisor, the 1st ever written at the paintings, describes the plot, the tune and the staging in shut aspect and offers a completely documented dialogue of the origins of Oedipus Rex in Stravinsky's personal paintings and considering. by way of putting the paintings in its social context, the writer paints a brilliant photo of Parisian creative politics within the twenties, from which emerged one of many richest and so much suggestive works of recent occasions. the total libretto is supplied, with a parallel translation.
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Peremptor Laii parentis! Coniux Jocastae parentis! Utinam ne dikeres, at the mountain he used to be stumbled on, deserted by way of his mom; via his mom deserted, we came across him at the mountain. he's the son of Laius and Jocasta, the slayer of Laius, his guardian, the husband of Jocasta, his dad or mum! you shouldn't have spoken, 88 Appendix A The libretto opportebat takere, nunquam dikere istud: a Jocasta derelictus in monte reppertus est. silence might were most sensible, by no means to talk this factor: deserted by way of Jocasta, he was once chanced on at the mountain. Le Berger et le Messager s 'eloignent Exeunt the Shepherd and the Messenger (EDIPUS OEDIPUS Natus sum quo nefastum est, concubui cui nefastum est, kekidi quern nefastum est. Lux facta est! (exit) i used to be born of whom divine legislation forbade, i've got lain with whom divine legislations forbade, i've got slain whom divine legislation forbade. All now could be made transparent! (exit) Le Messager apparait The Messenger seems SPEAKER Et maintenant, vous allez entendre le monologue illustre 'LA TETE DIVINE DE JOCASTE EST MORTE', monologue ou le messager raconte los angeles fin de Jocaste. And now you are going to listen the well-known monologue THE DIVINE JOCASTA IS DEAD', a monologue within which the messenger describes the demise of Jocasta. II peut a peine ouvrir l. a. bouche. Le choeur emprunte son position et l'aide a dire remark l. a. reine s'est pendue et remark CEdipe s'est creve les yeux avec son agrafe d'or. He can scarcely open his mouth. The refrain takes his half and is helping him inform how the queen has hanged herself and the way Oedipus has gouged out his eyes together with her golden clasp. Ensuite c'est Pepilogue. Then comes the epilogue. Epilogue. Le roi est pris. II veut se montrer a tous, montrer los angeles bete immonde, l'inceste, le parricide, le fou. Epilogue. The king is stuck. He needs to teach himself to all, exhibit the foul beast, the incestuous parricide, the madman. On le chasse. On le chasse avec une severe douceur. Adieu, adieu, pauvre CEdipe! Adieu, (Edipe; on t'aimait. They force him away. force him away with severe gentleness. Farewell, farewell, bad Oedipus! Farewell, Oedipus; you have been enjoyed. NUNTIO MESSENGER Divum Jocastae caput mortuum! The divine Jocasta is useless! refrain refrain Mulier in vestibulo comas lakerare. Claustris occludere fores, occludere, exclamare. the lady within the courtyard tore at her hair. She made quick the doorways, close in and crying aloud. 89 Stravinsky: Oedipus rex Et CEdipus irrumpere, irrumpere et pulsare, et (Edipus pulsare, ululare. And Oedipus burst in, burst in and pounded at the doorways, and Oedipus pounded, howling wildly. NUNTIO MESSENGER Divum Jocastae caput mortuum! The divine Jocasta is lifeless! refrain refrain Et ubi evellit claustra, suspensam mulierem omnes conspexerunt. Et CEdipus praekeps ruens illam exsolvebat, illam collocabat; illam exsolvere, illam collocare. Et aurea fibula et avulsa fibula oculos effodire; ater sanguis rigare. And once they broke open the lock, every body beheld the girl placing. And Oedipus, dashing headlong, loosened her and laid her down; loosened her, laid her down, and with a golden brooch plucked from her he gouged out his eyes; the black blood flowed.