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Good-looking, unabridged, low-cost variation of contemporary masterpiece popular for marvelous orchestration, sparkling colour, evocative strength. Reprinted from authoritative Russian version. contains checklist of characters and tools, plus new English translation of desk of Contents.
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Indd 24 9/22/10 8:26 AM Similarly, Sullivan’s parodies of the music of Handel employ this mockheroic strategy, most often exaggerating the grandeur of ridiculous characters, such as the humorously self-important, casually corrupt Learned Judge in Trial by Jury, who is introduced with Handelian pomp, or Ida’s brothers, whose song, “This helmet, I suppose,” makes fun of their inability to tolerate the conventionally masculine costume of the warrior. ”47 In other words, the musical humor alludes to genre as well as to a particular composer.
But the point is a theoretical one: what is remembered is often remembered in the mode of negation or critique. If, in any present time, parody defends against the overwhelming vastness or grandeur of the past, then, from a retrospective point of view, parody reviews past objects as they recede into invisibility. indd 10 9/22/10 8:26 AM These days, there is no better—and, indeed, there is practically no other— way to learn about the fairy extravaganza than to see a good production of Iolanthe. S.
19 The Savoy operas thematize this dynamic, evaluative relation between present and past, once again highlighting their own anthological, parodic, and dialectical form. . ” Through their stereotypical characters, too, the Savoy operas conserve, in twisted and fragmentary form, what otherwise is passing out of fashion and memory. In this way, parody marks itself simultaneously as “late” and as “novel,” producing its relative newness with a backward glance at older genres, gathered up into a more compendious form.