'Don Giovanni In Kierkegaard's Both/Or'

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In Kierkegaard’s, Either/Or, he explains the opinion about Mozart’s, Don Giovanni in which he formed after sitting through multiple performances of the opera. He did this to try to analyze and breakdown Mozart’s thinking when he composed the opera. According to Kierkegaard, the character Don Giovanni makes the opera appealing with the characters seductive nature which therefore, makes the opera Don Giovanni stand the highest of the classics for Kierkegaard. In his work, Either/Or, he describes the character of Giovanni as a handsome older man with a deep sensual voice. He explains how Don Giovanni seduces other characters in the opera with his overbearing power and demeanor that come off as sensual. Kierkegaard explains that the character of “Don Giovanni can only be expressed musically” (Weiss 151). Through the analysis of Act 1, Scene 7; “La Ci Darem La Mano” performed by Rod Gilfrey and Liliana Nikiteanu (YouTube) it is made clear that Kierkegaard’s assesment of the character of Don Giovanni is extremely accurate. In the scene, Don Giovanni seduces Zerlina who is the finance of another man. At the …show more content…
She even begins to touch him back. In the final moments of the scene, the two characters begin to sing in complete unison as Zerlina unbuttons Giovanni’s shirt. The shift of the voices singing separately in the beginning and then moving into complete unison was Mozart’s way of describing the characters and their inner thoughts in a non obvious way, which characterizes Kierkegaards claim that “Don Giovanni can only be expressed musically” as a true statement. The sensuality of Giovanni’s voice and demeanor cause Zerlina to give into his allure, which is why I believe that this scene of the opera is the best evidence to back up Kierkegaard’s claims about the character of Don Giovanni being a

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