Personalities | Jean Cocteau | Modern Era | Opera
Cocteau was an exceptional and prodigious talent. Inspired by everything around him, he gained an international reputation as a playwright, novelist, poet, artist, opera librettist and filmmaker. After designing the set for Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1926), Cocteau wrote his first libretto for a Stravinsky opera-oratorio. Based on the Oedipus trilogy of plays by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex was translated from French into Latin by Jean Daniélou, thus distancing the text from the audience and creating characters who appear both formal and imposing. For Le Pauvre Matelot (‘The Poor Sailor’, 1927), Cocteau teamed up with Darius Milhaud to create a three-act mini-tragedy about a woman who unwittingly murders her husband whom she has not seen in over 20 years. Posthumously, Cocteau’s films and screenplays have contributed to a Philip Glass trilogy: Orphée, La Belle et la Bête and Les enfants terribles.
An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...
Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.
The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.
Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers
his life, music, art and movies, with a
sweep of incredible photographs.