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Lee, M. Owen 1930-

Overview
Works: 104 works in 292 publications in 2 languages and 16,279 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Stories, plots, etc  Miscellanea  Trivia and miscellanea  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Narrator, Editor
Classifications: MT95, 782.1015
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about M. Owen Lee
 
Most widely held works by M. Owen Lee
A season of opera : from Orpheus to Ariadne by M. Owen Lee( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and French and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Father Owen Lee is internationally known for his intermission commentaries featured during the Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers together for the first time Father Lee's best broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three works for the musical stage. The essays range from the pioneering Orpheus of Monteverdi to the forward-looking Ariadne of Richard Strauss." "Opera lovers, or anyone interested in psychology and mythology, humanities and comparative literature, or the art of the essay will welcome this book."--Jacket
Virgil as Orpheus : a study of the Georgics by M. Owen Lee( )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though John Dryden once called the Georgics "the best Poem of the best Poet," and Montaigne thought it the most highly finished work in all of poetry, Virgil's song of the earth has never won as many readers as has his Aeneid, and at present it is the subject of more debate among classicists than perhaps any other poem in Latin. Using a Jungian approach, this book draws on the new commentaries in English as well as on the work of the great German Virgilians of the past, and is written in the eloquent, accessible, and personal style for which its author has become known. It outlines clearly the literary and historical background of the poem, discusses the sound of Virgil's hexameters, and treats each of the four georgics in detail, with special emphasis on the concluding myth of Orpheus. The most baffling of all Latin poems is shown in these pages to be Virgil's gift to Augustus, the most powerful man in the world as the salvational leader of the renewed Roman state, telling him what he must know about nature and about human nature if he is to rule the world well
The olive-tree bed and other quests by M. Owen Lee( )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and held by 1,793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Father Lee wears his learning lightly, and his writing changes from chapter to chapter as it reflects, in turn, the clarity and naïve sense of wonder in Homer, the darkness and ambivalence in Virgil, the intuitive mysticism of Wagner, and the riotously imaginative exuberance of Goethe
First intermissions : twenty-one great operas explored, explained, and brought to life from the Met by M. Owen Lee( )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 1,637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As many as eight to ten million music lovers in the United States, Canada, and Europe have heard the moving words of Father Owen Lee during the first intermissions of the Saturday afternoon operas broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His illuminating, intensely personal, immediately accessible half hours on the air have brought grateful letters by the thousand from both first-time listeners and veterans of fifty years of Met broadcast listening, from professors of music, art, literature, psychology, and science as well as from the general public
Fathers and sons in Virgil's Aeneid : tum genitor natum by M. Owen Lee( )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is it that no father in the Aeneid can help his son in his moment of need? In addressing himself to this question, the author isolates the essential theme of the Aeneid and shows the pattern of father-and-son relationships in the poem. The search for an answer to this question also leads to the other perennial Virgilian questions: "What is pietas?" "What is the Golden Bough?" "Is Aeneas a failed hero?" "Why did Virgil despair of his long poem?" Some of the answers come from an analysis of the hero's descent to the underworld in terms of Jungian archetypes. Still more come from a synthesis of Virgil's Homeric parallels and a formulation of the hero-myth itself, with a statement on the part women must play in the heroic paradigm
Wagner and the wonder of art : an introduction to Die Meistersinger by M. Owen Lee( )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger has always called forth superlatives from those who have fallen under its spell. Toscanini wanted to lay his baton down for the last time only after he had conducted a performance of it. Paderewski called it 'the greatest work of genius ever achieved by any artist in any field of human endeavour.' H.L. Mencken declared, 'It took more skill to plan and write it than it took to plan and write the whole canon of Shakespeare.'" "And yet Wagner's many-splendoured comedy has come under severe criticism in recent years for what has been called its 'dark underside, ' its 'fascist brutality, ' and its 'ugly anti-Semitism.' In Wagner and the Wonder of Art, opera expert M. Owen Lee addresses that criticism. He also provides an introduction to the opera and an analysis that will surprise even those veteran operagoers who may not have explored the work's intricate structure and the emotional drama at its centre."--Jacket
Athena sings : Wagner and the Greeks by M. Owen Lee( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Wagner's knowledge of and passion for Greek drama was so profound that for Friedrich Nietzsche, Wagner was Aeschylus come alive again. Surprisingly little has been written about the pervasive influence of classical Greece on the quintessentially German master. In this book, renowned opera critic Father Owen Lee describes for the contemporary reader what it might have been like to witness a dramatic performance of Aeschylus in the theatre of Dionysus in Athens in the fifth century B.C. - something that Wagner himself undertook to do on several occasions, imagining a performance of The Oresteia in his mind, reading it aloud to his friends, providing his own commentary, and relating the Greek classic drama to his own romantic view." "Father Lee also uses Wagner's writings on Greece and entries from his wife's diaries to cast new light on Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger, Parsifal, and especially the mighty Ring cycle, where Wagner made extensive use of Greek elements to give structural unity and dramatic credibility to his Nordic and Germanic myths. No opera fan, argues Father Lee, can really understand Wagner saving Brunhilde without knowing the Athena who, in Greek drama, first brought justice to Athens. Athena Sings traces the profound influence - an influence few music lovers are aware of - that Greek theatre and culture had on the most German of composers and his revolutionary musical dramas."--Jacket
Wagner : the terrible man and his truthful art by M. Owen Lee( )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's Ring : turning the sky round by M. Owen Lee( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following brief plot summaries of the four music dramas comprising the 'Ring', Lee explores the music, myths and meaning of Wagner's controversial masterwork
Word, sound, and image in the Odes of Horace by M. Owen Lee( Book )

13 editions published between 1969 and 1986 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The operagoer's guide : one hundred stories and commentaries by M. Owen Lee( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Father Owen Lee, whose voice is familiar to a radio audience of millions, tells the stories of one hundred famous operas from Aida to Zauberflote. His commentary accompanies each story, and he recommends a favorite recording of each opera."--Jacket
Father Lee's opera quiz book by M. Owen Lee( )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How well do you think you know your opera? Match wits with Metropolitan Opera quiz master Father Owen Lee in forty-five opera-related puzzles, including straight-forward quizzes, anagrams, vertical patterns, crostics, and crossword puzzles. Each puzzle has a theme, such as baseball and opera, movies and opera, and operas set in Paris. Forty-three of the puzzles have been collected from Father Lee's column in The Opera Quarterly, along with two new puzzles especially created for this volume
Death and rebirth in Virgil's Arcadia by M. Owen Lee( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great instrumental works by M. Owen Lee( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is for anyone who enjoys any of the lively arts of opera, drama, film, literature, or popular song and who wants to find out what is really going on in the symphonies of Mozart, the string quartets of Beethoven, and the orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel, to name a few. As Father M. Owen Lee examines the works of 50 composers here, he imparts the basics of classical music with such wit and panache, dropping such charming biographical tidbits, you will be amazed. At the same time you will find out how music can express feelings that are too deep for words."--BOOK JACKET
First intermissions : commentaries from the Met broadcasts by M. Owen Lee( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top ten : a personal approach to the movies by M. Owen Lee( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man or mouse, a comedy in three acts by M. Owen Lee( Book )

2 editions published between 1928 and 1936 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best films of our years by M. Owen Lee( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met moments : 60th anniversary season( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whimsy, a comedy in four acts by M. Owen Lee( Book )

1 edition published in 1928 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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First intermissions : twenty-one great operas explored, explained, and brought to life from the Met
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First intermissions : twenty-one great operas explored, explained, and brought to life from the MetWagner and the wonder of art : an introduction to Die MeistersingerAthena sings : Wagner and the GreeksWagner : the terrible man and his truthful artWagner's Ring : turning the sky roundThe operagoer's guide : one hundred stories and commentariesFather Lee's opera quiz bookThe great instrumental works
Alternative Names
Lee, David

Lee, Owen

Lee, Owen 1930-

M. David Lee

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Owen Lee, M.

Owen Lee, M. 1930-

Languages
English (179)

French (7)