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Les musiques du mal dans Greek (1988) de Mark-Anthony Turnage


Mark-Anthony Turner’s Greek was commissioned by German composer Hans Werner Henze for the first edition of the Munich Biennale. It is Turnage’s first opera. The libretto is based on Steven Berkoff’s homonymous play, which is itself a loose adaptation of Sophocles’s Oedipus the King. The action of Greek is set in the late 1970s or early 1980s in London. The city is decaying, and violence, unemployment and racism prevail. This evil background is metaphorically expressed by rough music characterised by the lack of melody lines that are easy to remember and by the importance of rhythmic elements over harmonic variety and the rich sound palette of the various instruments. In parallel to this there are moments when the music becomes richer and more complex. Does this mean that this music enventually embodies the triumph of good over evil or does it lead us to reflect upon the relationship between music and the expression of evil?
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Jean-Philippe Heberlé. Les musiques du mal dans Greek (1988) de Mark-Anthony Turnage. Musicorum, 2017, La musique et le mal : figures, lectures, représentations, 2017 (N°18), pp.65-72. ⟨hal-01687787⟩
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