Francis Poulenc – Dialogues des Carmélites (1956) – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden IV:II

Dialogues des Carmelites (Courtesy: broadwayworld.com)

Dialogues des Carmélites (Courtesy: broadwayworld.com)

Poulenc’s extraordinary opera is a study of the moral courage of decision within the increasingly inescapable social context of a chosen theological dialectic. The concluding scene begins with a searing orchestral invocation that introduces the 14 executions by guillotine. The final few bars hark back to the opening music of the opera, and complete the endless circle.

The dialectic informs in part the concluding section of my manuscript, Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden.

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