DVORAK : THE WATER GOBLIN

Από ξωτικό, στοιχειό και δαίμονας, έως τερατόμορφο πλάσμα με υλική υπόσταση, η “φύση” του Goblin [σχήμα ελαφρώς οξύμωρο όταν μιλάμε για υπερφυσική μορφή ζωής] είναι ποικίλη, εξαρτώμενη από την περιοχή όπου φιλοξενείται ο θρύλος – και υπάρχουν πολλές τέτοιες.
Το συμφωνικό ποίημα του
Βοημού συνθέτη Antonin Dvorak αναφέρεται σε μια διαβολική οντότητα, που παγιδεύει την ψυχή του θύματός της σε ένα αναποδογυρισμένο φλιτζάνι τσαγιού.

From elf, ghost or demon, to a monstrous, material creature,
Goblin’s “nature” [a slight oxymoron when we speak of a supernatural form of life] is diverse, depending on the region where the legend is housed – and there are plenty of them.
Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak’ s symphonic poem is referring to one diabolical entity, which traps its victim’s soul in an upturned teacup.

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  1. Resa December 8, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Enjoyable. What makes him a Bohemian composer??

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    1. Oannes December 9, 2022 at 8:08 am

      The simple fact that he was born in Bohemia, which is a part of Czechia. 😊
      You can bet he was a true “bohemian” also : he was one of the greatest composers of his time [1841-1904] famous throughout Europe.
      He was even invited in the USA where he spent three years [1892-5] as director of the “National Conservatory of Music of America”.
      His 9th Symphony, “From The New World”, which he composed while in the US, includes elements of American music.
      He went so far as to make this prophecy : “the future of American music lies in the so-called Negro Melodies”!

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      1. Resa December 9, 2022 at 8:11 pm

        OMG! I had no idea there was actually a place called Bohemia. He had a great career.
        His prophecy has come true. He had insight!

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