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Joy cometh in the mourning

Is the threnody, the lament over a beloved corpse, the oldest form of song? Surely it is among the oldest; one of the most widespread and stylistically various, millennia before opera was devised. And in opera, from Monteverdi’s Orfeo to Wagner’s Brunnhilde and on to our own day, is any such lament so widely admired as Gluck’s “Che faro senza Euridice”? (The lament for the lover who has departed, as in Monteverdi’s Arianna, is a very similar, equally popular form—entire operas may consist of nothing else.)   Read more »