Consolation in Christian Heinrich Postel’s Biblical Opera Libretto Cain und Abel Oder Der verzweifelnde Bruder=Mörder (1689)

Dag Hedman

Abstract


This essay discusses the prominence of the consolation theme in Christian Heinrich Postel’s biblical opera libretto Cain und Abel Oder Der verzweifelnde Bruder=Mörder (Hamburg, 1689). It is shown that in this drama the theme is relevant not only to the persons in the drama, but to the audience as well. This result stands in contrast to earlier research, which incorrectly has pointed out different other subjects as the main themes of the opera.


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