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IZQUIERDO KONIG, José Manuel. Totaleindruck or total impression: Aquinas Ried's Telésfora as a Political Project, a Literary and Musical Creation, a Personal Reflection and an Encounter with the Others. Rev. music. chil. [online]. 2011, vol.65, n.215, pp.5-22. ISSN 0716-2790.

Telésfora (1847) is a three-act opera written by Aquinas Ried. Since the epoch of the Chilean music historian Eugenio Pereira Salas this work has been considered as the first lyrical drama composed in the Chilean territory after the independence. The following essay discusses this point in depth on the basis of the libretto, which is the only element of this opera that has remained. The libretto reveals a concrete political project as well as a personal reflection on Ried's ideas along with his encounter with Chileans, Germans and indigenous people of the nineteenth century. In this regard, the figure of Aquinas Ried reaches a wider spectrum encompassing the musical and cosmopolitan life of the city of Valparaiso and the immigrants in 19th-century Chile.

Keywords : opera; Romanticism; immigrant; mapuche; libretto; Ried.

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