"On the Edge of a Dark Abyss": the Features of Romantic Ballad Poetics in "The Queen of Spades" by Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

Olga V. Shevchenko


The essay deals with the genre of romantic ballad and with its poetics as it revels itself in "The Queen of spades" by Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky. The author emphasizes typological features of the romantic ballad, traces different variants of interpretation of theoretical laws in the "The Queen of spades" and attempts to apply the literary narrative motif of an "intruder from the outside" to its music. The problem of reciprocal substitutability of the main characters — Liza and Countess lies at the core of the essay. The study delivers insight into machinery of equating love, fate and death in the opera at hand. This identity is a basal feature of the romantic ballad.

Keywords: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Russian opera of the 19th century, Romantic ballade

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