Marie Stahlbaum or Clara Silberhaus....?
Posted 26 August 2010 - 11:37 AM
Why the duality...?
Posted 26 August 2010 - 01:14 PM
I looked up some info in Wiki on the source for the libretto E T Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King . There
Clara is described as Clara Stahlbaum.
I don't have a feel for how conclusive that info is though. And whatever the original story contained it's pretty much fair game for change in the process of adaptation into another media. Names particularly are very much changeable.
I like to see what the original source material shows. To keep this somewhat in the bounds of this forum, I was reminded that the same Hoffmann "Tale" is the source material for Coppelia as well as the Olympia story in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. There the doll is named Olympia, her creater Dr Coppelius, there is no Swanhilda and no Franz. That episode, indeed the entire Offenbach opera, is pretty dark unlike it's much sunnier ballet cousin.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:29 PM
Clara is described as Clara Stahlbaum. I don't have a feel for how conclusive that info is though. And whatever the original story contained it's pretty much fair game for change in the process of adaptation into another media. Names particularly are very much changeable. I'd like to see what the original source material shows.
Well...according to the original Vsevolozhsky's libretto transcribed in Balletalert, the name is Silberhaus. I always like to look up to the librettos, because sometimes they differ a bit from the stories from which they come from. Same, I guess, with the Clara/Marie issue...
Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:32 PM
Posted 26 August 2010 - 03:53 PM
Once Dumas finishes his prologue, his text goes:
The judge had a boy and a girl.
The boy, nine years old, was called Fritz.
The girl, seven and a half years old, was called Marie.
They were two lovely children, but so different in face and character that no one would ever have believed them to be brother and sister.
While in Hoffmann's story Stahlbaum is a doctor and Drosselmeier is a judge, who also happens to be an amateur clock maker, in Dumas' version Silberhaus is a judge and Drosselmayer is a doctor, who also makes mechanical toys.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:04 PM
Hoffmann= Marie Stahlbaum vs. Dumas/Vsevolozhsky= Clara Silberhaus.
Did I get that right...?
Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:07 PM
Oh, so then the last name changes from Hoffmann to Dumas, and the first name from Dumas to Vsevolozhsky...?
Hoffmann= Marie Stahlbaum
Dumas= Marie Silberhaus
Vsevolozhsky= Clara Silberhaus
..am I right now..?
Posted 26 August 2010 - 04:17 PM
Thanks, volcanohunter, Mel, Richard, pmeja...
Oh, boy...talk about an identity disorder...poor girl...
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