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superhorn
October 8th, 2012, 05:29 PM
How many famous or not so famous composers can you name who never wrote any operas ? Here are some : J.S. Bach , Chopin,
Bruckner, Mahler (he completed an unfinished opera by Weber and there are a couple of abortive opera projects from his youth), Anton Webern , Edgard Varese , Alexander Glazunov, Charles Ives , Aram Khatchaturian ,
Josef Suk, Nikolai Myaskovsky , Edvard Grieg (there are fragments of an opera on Norwegian history by him) ,
Sir Edward Elgar( there are sketches for an opera called "The Spanish Lady"), Walter Piston , Erik Satie .

Amfortas
October 8th, 2012, 06:50 PM
Brahms immediately comes to mind.

Schigolch
October 9th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Scriabin.

In fact, he wrote very little vocal music:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO2abfn6sTY

HarpsichordConcerto
October 10th, 2012, 09:57 AM
John Cage, depending if you would consider his esoteric mumbo-jumbo bull as opera or not. He wrote a series of pieces called Europera (followed by Roman numerals to denote the series).

Note the scoring: two singers, piano, victrola, television, radio, truckera (i.e. tape), light and director. :disgust:

Opera or a 4'33" gimmick?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDy2rjZqs5Y

Schigolch
October 10th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Those pieces are a kind of musical manifesto. They are pushing the limits of the concept of Opera, but like quite a few other avant-garde composers have been doing since the end of WWII.

To many of them, including Cage, Opera was a dead art form, in terms of new compositions. So they were concentrating on proving that by writing 'anti-operas' (famously, Ligeti used to say that his own Le Grand Macabre was an 'anti-anti-opera'), in fact the original commission was for Cage to write an "irreversible negation of the Opera as such".

We are now very well aware that Opera is alive and kicking, and can judge those projects on their artistic merit only. In the case of Europera my opinion is that this merit is, frankly, rather small.

HarpsichordConcerto
October 10th, 2012, 08:25 PM
Almost the entire Bach clan did not. Obviously JS but also most of his sons; namely, WF, CPE, JCF. Exception of course was Johann Christian Bach, and friend of the Mozarts.

tyroneslothrop
June 17th, 2013, 02:19 AM
Almost the entire Bach clan did not. Obviously JS but also most of his sons; namely, WF, CPE, JCF. Exception of course was Johann Christian Bach, and friend of the Mozarts.

And what about PDQ? ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD8jP52Mwck

Schigolch
June 27th, 2013, 09:59 AM
It seems now almost certain that Pierre Boulez will never write an opera, either. "Le visage nuptial", based on a poem by René Char, was composed in 1946 for voice, two Ondes Martenot, piano and percussion. It was revised several times.

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Florestan
March 6th, 2019, 12:05 AM
Felix Mendelssohn wrote a few operas but none of them really made it big.

Soave_Fanciulla
March 8th, 2019, 12:53 AM
Mahler writes such beautiful vocal music, I wish he had written an opera.