Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aesthetic reflections on Viktor Ullmann's “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”
by Ross, R. Hugh, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 51; 1504529
Abstract (Summary)

With the rise of the Fascist Third Reich of 1930s Germany, an entire generation of artists and composers were silenced because of their religious views. Throughout this period, anti-Semitism prevailed in many facets of life which prohibited Jews from holding many positions from the public and private sectors. One such case was Silesian born composer Viktor Ullmann who, after being deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt, created a one act opera which offers poignant satirical view of 1940's Germany under Fascist Nazi rule. This thesis investigates the creation of the one act opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Using historical documentation and analytical methodologies, evidence demonstrates the characters and libretto were directly influenced by political and historical experiences. Also utilizing these tools of analysis, direct correlation is made between key musical devices in the score and poignant political messages through carefully placed satire.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forney, Kristine
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Holocaust Studies, Theater History
Publication Number: 1504529
ISBN: 978-1-124-99471-0
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