Archive for april, 2011


Stravinskijs Oedipus Rex på Festspillene

Per epost fra Knut Arntzen / Hjørdis Losnedahl:

Oedipus Rex – tragedien over aller tragedier, som har kastet lys og skygge over to tusen års europeisk kulturhistorie, settes i år opp på Festspillene i Bergen. 25. mai er åpningsdagen for Festspillene, og da er det også premiere på Oedipus Rex. Igor Stravinskijs monumentale musikkteater fra 1927 blir ansett for å være en av de mest sentrale operaene fra forrige århundre. Regi er av Erik Stubø, og dette er hans debut som operaregissør.

Teksten av Jean Cocteau er på latin [overs. fra Cocteaus fransk av Jean-Guenolé-Marie Danielou S.J.], mens fortellerrollen er oversatt til norsk av Jon Fosse. Forestillingen spilles også fredag 27. mai kl. 19.30. Innføringsforedrag til begge forestillinger er ved Arild Linneberg kl. 18.45, og er inkludert i billetten.

Fra Wikipedia:

Oedipus rex was written towards the beginning of Stravinsky’s neoclassical period. He had considered setting the work in Ancient Greek, but decided ultimately on Latin: in his words «a medium not dead but turned to stone.» A note in the score warns against ecclesiastical pronunciation and hard k replaces c in the first utterance of the chorus: «Kaedit nos pestis».

Festspillene i Bergen: Oedipus rex


Eldgammel skrift fra navnløs gresk by

Takk til Erik S. for tipset.

A clay tablet over 3,000 years old that is considered Europe’s oldest readable text has been found in an ancient refuse pit in southern Greece, a US-based researcher claimed on Tuesday, April 5.

The tablet, an apparent financial record from a long-lost Mycenaean town, is about a century older than previous discoveries, said Michael Cosmopoulos, an archaeology professor at the University of Missouri-St Louis.

”On one side it has a list of names and numbers, on the other a verb relating to manufacture,” Cosmopoulos told AFP by email.

”It is the oldest tablet from a stratified deposit from the Greek mainland, and consequently from Europe,” he said.

The sun-dried tablet was found near the hilltop village of Iklaina in the western Peloponnese peninsula, surviving purely by accident when the refuse pit was set on fire and baked the clay.

The inscription it bears is in Linear B, a form of writing that predates ancient Greek [alphabetic letters] and was used by the Mycenaeans, a Bronze Age culture that waged the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad and dominated much of Greece from 1600 BCE.

Cosmopoulos, who heads the project, said the site was apparently destroyed around 1400 BCE and conquered by the neighbouring kingdom of Pylos, whose legendary ruler King Nestor is mentioned in the Iliad.

”The existence of the tablet at Iklaina suggests that bureaucracy and literacy were more widespread and more ancient than we had previously thought,” Cosmopoulos said.

”Until now, tablets had been known only from a handful of major palaces — Mycenae, Tiryns, Thebes,” he said.


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