Die Enthrung Essay

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An opera is also called a Gesamtkunstwerk, defined as a combination of different art form. It is named by a German composer Richard Wagner. On Thursday, October 25, 2013, Mr. Kettle’s band classes once again visited the Elgin theatre to attend a performance by Opera Atelier of Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) which was composer by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1780s. At that time, European was interested to discover and explored more about the foreign countries’ cultures and their aspect of life. This is one of the reasons that motivated Mozart to compose this opera. His opera is take place in Turkish which can distinguish as a melting pot .Turkish contains a ...view middle of the document...

The beauty of Konstanze and Blonde are made wives of Pasha and his guard, Osmin. Pasha and Osmin like most Turkish men, ordered their wives to show their love however Konstanze and Blonde refused given that they are not viewed as slave and they are respected by their husbands in England. Consequently, the men tried to use plenty ways to win the hearts of their love Konstanze and Blonde however because of their Christianity religion, they rather die than to betray of their love one. Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo are full of loyalty to Konstanze and blonde, they risk their life to experience the hardships in Pasha Selim to show their love. At the end both of the turkey men find that it is impossible to win Konstanze and blonde heart and change their love toward their husband. Eventually, they give up and consider the England men as a fool because they don’t make their wives as a slave.As it mentioned in the introduction paragraph turkey mixture of different culture. In this paragraph is show that patriarchal society did not only exist in turkey is also appeared in Chinese society as well. The Chinese men were the authority and decision makers of the family. In addition, Turkish’s religion also appeared in the opera. Pedrillo tried to use an alcohol drink to fuddle Osmin in order to escape away from Pasha Selim. However because of his Muslim background it prevent him to drink but then he could not block his addiction toward alcohol, he shouted out ‘can Allah see’ this indicated that his dedication to his religion. Although Osmin is an evil and steady character is still show his weakness to god.
Secondly, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the music for Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, he also wrote the singspiel for the characters and the arias of the singers. In this opera, Mozart was influenced by a type of Turkish musical style called Alla turca, this type of music was popular use in the 17th and 18th centuries. Alla turca is named as janissary musich or turish military music heavily because it is contain a lot of lively tempo like a marching band.Alla turca can be heard precisely in the overture and at the end of janissary chorus. In the overture the tempo gradually increasing in speed( accelerando) and from the beginning is very presto and in the middle is become soft and gave the audience a mysterious feeling, and at the end is become loud again , Mozart do that to emphasize the power between the Britain and Turkish .Throughout the play , the music was played by the baroque orchestra Tafelnusik.Compare to other Mozart’s previous production, in Die Entfhrung aus dem Serail offer a sophisticated and subtle complement of instrument, such as the woodwind combination( flageolet with flute) and heavily used on percussion. In general, the more appealing sight an instrument was used in the play was the classical flute, classical string bows and some brass instrument. The low sound was used in the play was horn, timpani and a traditional Turkish...

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