Catrina Scullion, Expressionism and psychological disintegration in Schoenberg's 'Erwartung' (Other, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2013)

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 Author:  Scullion, Catrina 
 Title:  Expressionism and psychological disintegration in Schoenberg's 'Erwartung' 
 Degree, institution:  Other, Dublin Institute of Technology 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2013 (September 2013) 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (51pp) 
 Supervisor(s):  Paul McNulty 
 Repository:  DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama Library 
 General specialism:  Musicology: Performance Studies 
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 Abstract: 

The aim of this MMus thesis is to discuss Arnold Schoenberg's opera Ewartung op.17 as a piece of Expressionist drama, a psycological case study and an example of modernist progress. Considered a masterpiece in atonal writing, it has been described as athematic. Through an examination of the libretto and the Freudian case studies which inspired it, I have explored the idea that despite being athematic in teh harmonic sense, the themes lie in the expressionistic interpretation of Pappenheim's text through music. I have drawn parallels between Freud and Schoenberg, both pioneers in their feilds and have concluded that more than an opera (or 'monodrama' as it is now known), 'Erwartung' is a psychodrama, chronicling the disintegration of both the Woman's mind and the tonal harmonic structure through the medium of Expressionism.