music drama definition

  • noun:
    • An opera that prevents discrete numbers particularly arias, recitatives, or ensembles, plus which the songs reflects or symbolizes the activity of the crisis.
  • others:
    • An opera when the text and action are not interrupted by set arias, duets, etc., the music being determined throughout by dramatic appropriateness; music drama of the personality, generally. It requires the utilization of a kind of melodious declamation, the introduction of leitmotif, great orchestral elaboration, and a fusion of poetry, songs, action, and scene into a natural entire. The expression is applied esp. towards subsequent works of Wagner: “Tristan und Isolde,” “Die Meistersinger,” “Rheingold,” “Walküre,” “Siegfried,” “Götterdämmerung,” and “Parsifal.”
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