Myths: Orpheus and Eurydike

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Orpheus was born in Thrakia. He sang better than John Lennon. He could nearly do everything with his song – except bringing back his wife from the death.
His mother was the Muse Kalliope, his father – so they say – Apollon himself. Apollons stepbrother Hermes gave him the Lyra, which after Orpheus death was transferred to the sky, where it’s still to be seen – with the bright star Wega.
He married the nymph Eurydike (Eu = beautiful, Dike = victory). Unhappily the girl was bitten by a snake and died. Orpheus was promised that he would be able to take her back from Hades, if he wouldn’t turn round (you know that story “Don’t look back”). But he did and lost her for ever. Gluck made a heartbreaking opera about it. Jacques Offenbach was more ironic, he made the figure of Jupiter similar to Napoleon III. Still we dance the Can-Can.

Orpheus Thrakia’da doğdu. Anne muse (esin perisi) Kalliope, baba Apollon. Çok iyi bir şarkıcı, Şükriye Tutkun’dan daha güzel. Şarkıyla, eşini Hadesten almak hariç her şeyi yaptı. Lir’ini Hermes’ten aldı, ölümünden sonra, lir’i gökyüzünde bir yıldız kümesi oldu, hala gökyüzünde duruyor.
Peri Eurydikeye evlendi (Eu = güzel, Nike = zafer), ama maalesef Eurydike yılan ısırmasından öldü. Orpheus onu geri almayı denedi, ama arkasına baktığı için onu kaybetti. Christoph Willibald Gluck onun hakkında kalp kıran bir opera yazdı. Offenbach daha sonra bir operet yazdı. Bu operet daha ironikti: Topluma bir gönderme yapmıştı, Jupiter’i, 3.Napolyon olarak gösteriyordu. Hala can-can dans ediyoruz.

 

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