A handful of librettists--Lorenzo da Ponte and Hugo von Hofmannsthal
in the opera house, and perhaps only Oscar Hammerstein II on Broadway--have garnered equal standing with their musical partners, but almost every other creative contributor, ranging from book authors and choreographers through scenic designers and costumers to lighting designers and sound engineers, has remained anonymous to all but the most dedicated students of the theater.
Among the visitors were Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, conductor Bruno Walter and writers Hugo von Hofmannsthal
and Thomas Mann (in 1905, Mann married one of the Pringsheim daughters).
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
and the Austrian idea; selected essays and addresses, 1906-1927.
When Hugo von Hofmannsthal
was barely eighteen, his Viennese fin-de-siecle contemporaries hailed that his verses contained "such perfection, such faultless plasticity, such musical feeling" that they had not thought "possible since Goethe" This new assemblage of his work, however, showcases what Hofmannsthal wanted most out of writing: Verwandlung, or transformation.
4 Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, Elektra (Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch, 1994), pp.
Rohan's most conspicuous and frequent contributors were figures of the intellectual Right, like the great Austrian playwright and essayist Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, two particularly talented Jewish disciples of the poet Stefan George, Karl Wolfskehl and Friedrich Gundolf, and a number of thinkers who were close to Latin fascist movements: Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Julius Evola, Giovanni Gentile, Jacques Bainville, and Marcel Deat.
Information about the seldom-performed song cycle 6 Monologes aus Jedermann by Frank Martin is offered in the entry under dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, who wrote the text.
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
was--besides poet, playwright, essayist, librettist, and fiction writer--a universally admired sensitive soul, the kind imperial Austria seemed to specialize in.
He observes Orphic Ovid from the Alps with Rilke, Dionysian Ovid in the Greece of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, and poolside in Trinidad with Derek Walcott.
David Bathrick's discussion of songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann rightly focuses on issues of censorship and East German party politics (Biermann's poetry is not formally interesting), but the lack of any sustained discussion of Else Lasker-Schuler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, Bertolt Brecht, Ingeborg Bachmann, Johannes Bobrowski, Gunter Eich, or Ernst Jandl as poets makes it impossible to follow the internal, formal development of a genre that was vitally important to German readers throughout much of the century.
Kessler suggested to Hugo von Hofmannsthal
the central idea, and wrote the scenario that later became Der Rosenkavalier, and he later collaborated with Serge Diaghilev and Hofmannsthal on a ballet based on the biblical story of Joseph.
He enjoyed the German poets, such as Schiller and Rilke and also the Librettists such as Hugo von Hofmannsthal