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The Bride of Messina, and On the Use of the Chorus in Tragedy
A poetical work must vindicate itself: if the execution be defective, little aid can be derived from commentaries. On these grounds I might safely leave the chorus to be its own advocate, if we had ever seen it presented in an appropriate manner. But it must be remembered that a dramatic composition first assumes the character of a whole by means of representation on the stage. The poet supplies only the words, to which, in a lyrical tragedy, music and rhythmical motion are essential accessories. It follows, then, that if the chorus is deprived of accompaniments appealing so powerfully to the senses, it will appear a superfluity in the economy of the dramaa mere hinderance to the development of the plotdestructive to the illusion of the scene, and wearisome to the spectators. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 6793
Author: Schiller, Friedrich
Release Date: Dec 8, 2004
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