Music's Pentecost, music's stupidity -- Heine and the composers -- The diabolical Senta -- Les Troyens : the undoing of opera -- Far sounds in Zemlinsky and Schreker -- Butchering Moses -- Elliott Carter and poetry : listening to, listening through -- Sophoclean opera -- Belletristic music in the twentieth century -- Golden calves : the role of dance in opera -- Elephant swan space grace.
Romeo and Juliet. Introduction to part 1 ; The Veronese social code ; The code of love ; Love against language ; The afterlife of Romeo and Juliet ; La lance branlée : French opinions of Shakespeare ; Berlioz in the plural ; Roméo et Juliette : introduction ; Roméo et Juliette : the symphony ; Roméo et Juliette : the opera resumes -- Macbeth. Shakespeare's random ; Magic as theft ; Prophesying ; Squinting at consequences ; Macbeth's children ; Macbeth as an actor ; Two theatres ; Witches amok ; Sortileges of speech ; Lady Macbeth as witch ; Time slips ; La sonnambula -- A midsummer night's dream. Cosmicomedy ; The picture of cupid ; Depictorializing cupid ; Cupid's wax ; The tedious brief scene ; Other dreams in other summers : the aesthetic of the masque ; Purcell's The fairy queen ; Lampe's Pyramus and Thisbe ; Experimenters : Mendelssohn and Korngold ; Britten's A midsummer night's dream.
Testing the boundaries between speech and music -- Testing the boundaries between the visual arts and music -- The new music theater -- Fuller universes of music -- New discipline: the twelve-tone method -- Isms -- Music, social responsibility, and politics -- Testing the boundaries between popular and high art.