The New Music Theater

The New Music Theater : Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

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Alternatives to grand opera and the popular musical can be traced back through the modernist experiments of the 60s, the Broadway and off-Broadway theater operas of the 30s and 40s, to early Stravinsky and Kurt Weill, and at least as far as the 1912 premiere of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Yet this ongoing history has never been properly sorted out, its complex ideas and philosophy as well as musical and theatrical achievements never brought fully to light. The New Music Theater is the first comprehensive attempt in English to cover this still-emerging art form in its widest range. Written for the reader who comes from the contemporary worlds of music, theater, film, literature and visual arts, this book provides a wealth of examples and descriptions not only of the works themselves, but of the concepts, ideas and trends that have gone into the evolution of what may be the most central performance art form of the post-modern world. Authors Salzman and Desi consider the subject of music theatr
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195099362
  • 9780195099362
  • 1,393,201

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This is a valuable contribution to the field. * Arthur J. Sabatini, Theatre Research International * New Music Theater is the first comprehensive attempt in English to cover this still-emerging art form in its widest range. * Theaterforschung *
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About Eric Salzman

Eric Salzman is a composer, writer, director, producer, dramaturg, and performer, and he has been involved in over 50 major productions. He is also the author of Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1967; 4th edition, 2001), one of the most successful 20th Century music texts.
Thomas Desi is an Austrian composer, director, and writer.
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Table of contents

Introduction: What is Music Theater? ; Part I: Music in Music Theater / 1. The Voice / 2. Where the Sound Comes From / 3. The Music / Entr'acte I: Is there such a thing as progress in music and music theater? ; Part II: Theater in Music Theater / 4. Theater, Music, and Culture / 5. Text / Entr'acte II: The Language of Kathakali / 6. Visual Strategies / 7. Space / Entr'acte III: A Theater of Warm Bodies? ; Part III: Putting it all together: La Mise en Scene / 8. The American Eccentrics / 9. Germany and Austria / 10. The Italians / Entr'acte IV: The In Between / 11. Music Theater in France / 12. Great Britain and Northern Europe / 13. Downtown / 14. Minimalism / 15. The Show Music Go On / 16. Extended Voice / 17. Media and Music Theater ; Part V. After the Show: Taking it Apart / Entr'acte V: Criticism and Journalism / 18. Towards a Theory of Music Theater / 19. Notation vs. Improvisation / 20. The Ingredients / 21. Popular or High Art? / 22. Is Anyone Listening? ; Coda / Appendix / Bibliography
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