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Roller, Alfred (1864-1935)

The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is the theatrical producer Alfred Roller.


Six Superlative Sources

· Baker, Evan. "Alfred Roller's Production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni': A Break in the Scenic Tradition of the Vienna Court Opera," Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1993.

· Banks, Paul. "Mahler and Viennese Modernism," pp. 3-20 in On Mahler and Britten: Essays in Honour of Donald Mitchell on His Seventieth Birthday, Philip Reed, ed., Boydell and Brewer, 1995.

· New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. s.v. "Roller, Alfred" by Evan Baker.

· Roller, Alfred. Die Bildnisse von Gustav Mahler. E.P. Tal, 1922.

· Roller, Alfred. "Mahler und die Inszenierung." Musikblätter des Anbruch, 2 (1920):272-75.

· Simonson, Lee. "The Ideas of Adolphe Appia," pp. 27-54 in The Theory of the Modern Stage: An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama, Eric Bentley, ed., Penguin Books, 1968. A précis of Appia's ideas, which are important for understanding Roller's innovations.

Other Excellent Sources

· Baker, Evan. "Rococo Harmony." Richard-Strauss-Blätter 31 (1994):51-53.

· Baker, Evan. "A Break in the Scenic Traditions of the Vienna Court Opera: Alfred Roller and the Wiener Secession," pp. 227-37 in The Great Tradition and Its Legacy: The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe, Michael Cherlin, Halina Filipowicz, and Richard L. Rudolph, eds. Berghahn Books, 2003.

· Baker, Evan, and Pausch, Oskar. Das Archiv Alfred Roller. Böhlau Verlag, 1994.

· Boetzkes, Manfred, and Sheren, Paul. "The Twentieth Century: Staging," pp. 343-66 in History of Opera, Stanley Sadie, ed., W.W. Norton, 1989.

· Greisenegger, Wolfgang. Alfred Roller. Vienna, 1992.

· Greisenegger, Wolfgang, and Pausch, Oskar. Alfred Roller und seine Welt. Vienna, 1991. Important exhibition catalogue.

· Mell, Max. Alfred Roller. WILA, 1922.

· Radice, Mark, ed. Opera in Context: Essays on Historical Staging from the Late Renaissance to the Time of Puccini. Amadeus Press, 1998.

· Schorske, Carl E. Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture. Vintage Books, 1980.

· Wagner, Manfred. Alfred Roller in Seiner Zeit. Residenz Verlag, 1996.

· Willnauer, Franz. Gustav Mahler und die Wiener Oper. 2nd ed. Löcker Verlag, 1993.

· Zychowicz, James L. "Reinventing the Gesamtkunstwerk: Gustav Mahler and Alfred Roller's Modernist Production of Tristan und Isolde," Tristania 22 (2003):185-210.

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