from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or characteristic of the later romantic school.
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Ranging from a cutesy kudzu tribute to to a harrowing depiction of parental sexual abuse, the cycle's poetry covers an almost impossible emotional range, but is set to a neoromantic score that leans too heavily on all-purpose wistfulness and faux-pop jauntiness.
According to neoromantic Hungarian lore, Attila's favorite son, Prince Csaba, was the ancestor of Hungarians and would one day rescue the nation by galloping down from the Milky Way at the head of his warriors.
Among intellectuals, there was a widespread repudiation of the former faith in historical progress, as well as a tendency to turn away from liberal rationalism to neoromantic forms of philosophical and artistic expression.
While DiChiera is best known as a hero of Detroit and the visionary founding general director of Michigan Opera Theatre, he was also trained as a composer and writes in a lushly lyrical, neoromantic-to-impressionist language bathed in Puccini, Debussy and Strauss.
In this chapter he describes the work: "The tonal, neoromantic language of the work is quite sumptuous, tinged with impressionistc elements".