Music Direction for the Stage

A View from the Podium

Author: Joseph Church

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199993432

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 7458

Theater music directors must draw on a remarkably broad range of musical skills. Not only do they conduct during rehearsals and performances, but they must also be adept arrangers, choral directors, vocal coaches, and accompanists. Like a record producer, the successful music director must have the flexibility to adjust as needed to a multifaceted job description, one which changes with each production and often with each performer. In Music Direction for the Stage, veteran music director and instructor Joseph Church demystifies the job in a book that offers aspiring and practicing music directors the practical tips and instruction they need in order to mount a successful musical production. Church, one of Broadway's foremost music directors, emerges from the orchestra pit to tell how the music is put into a musical show. He gives particular attention to the music itself, explaining how a music director can best plan the task of learning, analyzing, and teaching each new piece. Based on his years of professional experience, he offers a practical discussion of a music director's methods of analyzing, learning, and practicing a score, thoroughly illustrated by examples from the repertoire. The book also describes how a music director can effectively approach dramatic and choreographic rehearsals, including key tips on cueing music to dialogue and staging, determining incidental music and underscoring, making musical adjustments and revisions in rehearsal, and adjusting style and tempo to performers' needs. A key theme of the book is effective collaboration with other professionals, from the production team to the creative team to the performers themselves, all grounded in Church's real-world experience with professional, amateur, and even student performances. He concludes with a look at music direction as a career, offering invaluable advice on how the enterprising music director can find work and gain standing in the field.

Music in Shakespeare

A Dictionary

Author: Christopher R. Wilson,Michela Calore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472557522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

View: 4182

With an A-Z of over 300 entries, Music in Shakespeare is the most comprehensive study of all the musical terms found in Shakespeare's complete works. It includes a definition of each musical term in its historical and theoretical context, and explores the diverse extent of musical imagery across the full range of Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic work, as well as analysing the usage of instruments and sound effects on the Shakespearean stage. This is a comprehensive reference guide for scholars and students with interests in the thematic and allegorical relevance of music in Shakespeare, and the history of performance. Identifying all musical terms found in the Shakespeare canon, it will also be of use to the growing number of directors and actors concerned with recovering the staging conditions of the early modern theatre.

Shakespeare

Author: Gabriel Egan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748630163

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 6844

This book helps the reader make sense of the most commonly studied writer in the world. It starts with a brief explanation of how Shakespeare's writings have come down to us as a series of scripts for actors in the early modern theatre industry of London. The main chapters of the book approach the texts through a series of questions: 'what's changed since Shakespeare's time?', 'to what uses has Shakespeare been put?', and 'what value is there in Shakespeare?' These questions go to the heart of why we study Shakespeare at all, which question the book encourages the readers to answer for themselves in relation to their own critical writing.

Dramaturgy in the Making

A User's Guide for Theatre Practitioners

Author: Katalin Trencsényi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408155672

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 2777

Dramaturgy in the Making maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice - institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy - with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own 'dramaturgical toolbox'. In tracing the development of the role of the dramaturg, the author explores the contribution of Lessing, Brecht and Tynan, foundational figures who shaped the practice. She excavates the historical and theoretical contexts for each strand of the work, uniquely offering a history of dance dramaturgy and its associated theories. Based on extensive research, the volume features material from the author's interviews with fifty eminent professionals from Europe and North America, including: Robert Blacker, Jack Bradley, DD Kugler, Ruth Little and Hildegard De Vuyst. Through these, a detailed and precise insight is provided into dramaturgical processes at organisations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Gent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the Schaubühne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others. Dramaturgy in the Making will prove indispensable to anyone working in theatre or wanting to better understand the dramaturgical processes in performance-making today. The book features a foreword by Geoff Proehl, author of Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility: Landscape and Journey.

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre

1943-1965

Author: Corinne J. Naden

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810877341

Category: Music

Page: 274

View: 2547

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre provides synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and other pertinent information for over 180 musicals from Oklahoma! to On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Concentrating on a 22-year span, this book lists both commercial successes and flops of the Golden Age-when the musicals presented on Broadway showcased timeless, memorable tunes, sophisticated comedy, and the genius of creative artists like Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, George Abbott, Moss Hart, Angela Lansbury, Robert Preston, and many others.

Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Author: Peter Brown,Suzana Suzana OgrajenŠek

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191610941

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 7147

Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the fields of Classics, Musicology, Dance Studies, English Literature, Modern Languages, and Theatre Studies provides an exceptionally wide-ranging and detailed overview of the relationship between the two genres. Since tragedies have played a much larger part than comedies in this branch of operatic history, the volume mostly concentrates on the tragic repertoire, but a chapter on musical versions of Aristophanes' Lysistrata is included, as well as discussions of incidental music, a very important part of the musical reception of ancient drama, from Andrea Gabrieli in 1585 to Harrison Birtwistle and Judith Weir in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Johann Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS Opera Journeys Mini Guide

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1930841531

Category: Electronic books

Page: 34

View: 1209

A comprehensive guide to Johann Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS, featuring Principal Characters in the opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and an insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis by Burton D. Fisher, noted opera author and lecturer.

Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1102009083

Category:

Page: 32

View: 8201

Burton D. Fisher's extremely popular Mini Guides feature Principal Characters in the Opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and an insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis of the opera.

Mantovani

A Lifetime in Music

Author: Colin MacKenzie

Publisher: Melrose Press

ISBN: 1905226195

Category: Band directors

Page: 352

View: 8201

Mantovani - A Lifetime In Music will be the first full length biography of Mantovani - the light orchestral master and biggest selling British recording artist before the Beatles. It will be published by Melrose Books to coincide with the Centenary of his birth on 15 October 2005.The 24 chapter, 320 page hardback book tells the story of Mantovani's quest for musical perfection and how he achieved it. Written with the enthusiastic endorsement of his family, his record producer, several former musicians, Decca luminaries and Mantovani fans, this is the 'real deal', a book that 'no Mantovani fan or anyone interested in light orchestral music can afford to be without.'

Writing Interactive Music for Video Games

A Composer's Guide

Author: Michael Sweet

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0133563510

Category: Computers

Page: 512

View: 3854

“This book is a must read for newcomers and experienced composers wanting to learn more about the art of video game composition.” —Chuck Doud, Director of Music, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios All You Need to Know to Create Great Video Game Music Written by the developer of Berklee School of Music’s pioneering game scoring program, this guide covers everything professional composers and music students need to know about composing interactive music for video games, and contains exclusive tools for interactive scoring—tools that were previously available only at Berklee. Drawing on twenty years of professional experience in the game industry, Michael Sweet helps you master the unique language of music storytelling in games. Next, he walks you through the entire music composition process, from initial conceptualization and creative direction through implementation. Inside, you’ll find dozens of examples that illustrate adaptive compositional techniques, from small downloadable games to multimillion dollar console titles. In addition, this guide covers the business side of video game composition, sharing crucial advice about contracts, pricing, sales, and marketing. Coverage includes Overcoming the unique challenges of writing for games Composing music that can adapt in real time to player actions Developing thematic ideas Using audio middleware to create advanced interactive scores Working effectively with game development teams Understanding the life of a video game composer Managing contracts, rights, estimating, and negotiation Finding work The companion website contains software tools to help you master interactive music concepts explored in this book, with additional resources and links to learn more about scoring for games. See Appendix A for details.

Teaching Piano - Softcover

Author: Max Camp

Publisher: Alfred Music

ISBN: 9781457442568

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 688

Max Camp has developed a system of teaching and performing at the piano formulated to develop all types of piano students. Camp emphasizes the concept of rhythm as pulse and musicality from day one so students already have a sense of the music as a whole when they progress into more demanding literature.

Teaching Piano - Hardcover

Author: Max Camp

Publisher: Alfred Music

ISBN: 9781457443817

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 2206

Max Camp has developed a system of teaching and performing at the piano formulated to develop all types of piano students. Camp emphasizes the concept of rhythm as pulse and musicality from day one so students already have a sense of the music as a whole when they progress into more demanding literature.

Whiting Up

Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

Author: Marvin McAllister

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807869066

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 8880

In the early 1890s, black performer Bob Cole turned blackface minstrelsy on its head with his nationally recognized whiteface creation, a character he called Willie Wayside. Just over a century later, hiphop star Busta Rhymes performed a whiteface supercop in his hit music video "Dangerous." In this sweeping work, Marvin McAllister explores the enduring tradition of "whiting up," in which African American actors, comics, musicians, and even everyday people have studied and assumed white racial identities. Not to be confused with racial "passing" or derogatory notions of "acting white," whiting up is a deliberate performance strategy designed to challenge America's racial and political hierarchies by transferring supposed markers of whiteness to black bodies--creating unexpected intercultural alliances even as it sharply critiques racial stereotypes. Along with conventional theater, McAllister considers a variety of other live performance modes, including weekly promenading rituals, antebellum cakewalks, solo performance, and standup comedy. For over three centuries, whiting up as allowed African American artists to appropriate white cultural production, fashion new black identities through these "white" forms, and advance our collective ability to locate ourselves in others.

The Sense of Music

Semiotic Essays

Author: Raymond Monelle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824038

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 4678

The fictional Dr. Strabismus sets out to write a new comprehensive theory of music. But music's tendency to deconstruct itself combined with the complexities of postmodernism doom him to failure. This is the parable that frames The Sense of Music, a novel treatment of music theory that reinterprets the modern history of Western music in the terms of semiotics. Based on the assumption that music cannot be described without reference to its meaning, Raymond Monelle proposes that works of the Western classical tradition be analyzed in terms of temporality, subjectivity, and topic theory. Critical of the abstract analysis of musical scores, Monelle argues that the score does not reveal music's sense. That sense--what a piece of music says and signifies--can be understood only with reference to history, culture, and the other arts. Thus, music is meaningful in that it signifies cultural temporalities and themes, from the traditional manly heroism of the hunt to military power to postmodern "polyvocality." This theoretical innovation allows Monelle to describe how the Classical style of the eighteenth century--which he reads as a balance of lyric and progressive time--gave way to the Romantic need for emotional realism. He argues that irony and ambiguity subsequently eroded the domination of personal emotion in Western music as well as literature, killing the composer's subjectivity with that of the author. This leaves Dr. Strabismus suffering from the postmodern condition, and Raymond Monelle with an exciting, controversial new approach to understanding music and its history.

The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642

Author: Andrew Gurr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521807302

Category: Drama

Page: 339

View: 1714

This is the first complete history of the theatre company, created in 1594, which in 1603 became the King's Men. Shakespeare was at the heart of the team of players, who with their successors ran an operation that lasted until the theatres closed in 1642. During those forty-eight years they staged all of Shakespeare's plays, a number of Ben Jonson's, those of Thomas Middleton and John Webster, and almost all of the Beaumont and Fletcher canon. Andrew Gurr provides a comprehensive history of the company's activities. A chapter on their finances explains the unique management system they adopted and two chapters study the fashions in their repertory and the complex relationships with their royal patrons. The 6 appendixes identify the 99 players who worked in the company and the 168 plays they are known to have owned and performed, as well as the key documents from the company's history.

For the Love of Music

Author: Allison McKnight

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770973680

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 2416

When Nicki runs into Jonathan, the lead-singer of the band Black Diamond, during a weekend in New York City she asks him for his autograph. To her delight does she not only get his autograph, he asks her out for drinks and dinner the next night. Still, she never had dreamt that they would meet again, but a week later he invites her to a concert in Dallas. After that they meet in California, London and even spent a weekend together in Paris. Although Jonathan is separated from his wife, things are complicated and after Jonathan's daughter is injured later that summer, he has no choice but to go back to his family to support them during this time and he tells Nicki to move on. Nicki struggles but finally realizes that she has no choice but to pick up the pieces of her life. Until they meet again in New York.....

The Historical Performance of Music

An Introduction

Author: Colin Lawson,Robin Stowell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521627382

Category: Music

Page: 219

View: 2649

Offering students and performers a concise overview of historical performance, this 1999 book takes into account the many significant developments in the discipline. It addresses practical matters rather than philosophical issues and guides readers towards further investigation and interpretation of the evidence provided, not only in the various early instrumental and vocal treatises, but also in examples from the mainstream repertory. Designed as a parent volume for the series Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music, this book provides an historical basis for artistic decision-making which has as its goal the re-creation of performances as close as possible to the composer's original conception. It relates many of the issues discussed to major works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms, composed c.1700–c.1900, the core period which forms the principal (though not exclusive) focus for the whole series.