"The book examines the key turning points in the history of the Orpheus myth as factors that shaped and continues to shape our conceptions of music's powers. From its beginnings in archaic Antiquity to the latest major opera based on it the story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been used by poets philosophers and musicians to express an increasingly complex set of ideas about what music can do. The study follows three threads in the myth's history: changes in form cultural status and the resulting visions of the powers of song.
Vladimir L. Marchenkov:
Vladimir Marchenkov, a native of Kazakhstan, USSR, received an interdisciplinary doctorate in philosophy, music, and comparative studies in 1998 from The Ohio State University, and now teaches Aesthetics and Theory in the Ohio University School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Athens, Ohio. He is the translator of Alexei Losev's book The Dialectics of Myth (Routledge 2003), and an author and consulting editor on Russian philosophy for the award-winning Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Second Edition (Thomson Gale 2006). He has presented papers at conferences in the US, Western Europe, and Russia, and published articles both in English and in Russian. His research interests include musical aesthetics, philosophy of myth, and Asian aesthetic ideas.