Words with Music

Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto

Author: Lehman Engel

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1557835543

Category: Music

Page: 466

View: 8042

The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, Threepenny Opera and Porgy and Bess. Howard Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as A Chorus Line, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Working and Falsettos. Kissel offers a thoughtful history on how musical theater has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote Words with Music (1972) and how Engel's classic work remains vital and illuminating today.

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical

Author: Robert Gordon,Olaf Jubin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199988749

Category: Music

Page: 754

View: 9208

The first comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre from its origins, The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical offers both a historical account of musical theatre from 1728 and a range of in-depth critical analyses of key works and productions that illustrate its aesthetic values and sociocultural meanings.

Writing The Broadway Musical

Author: Aaron Frankel

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0786752025

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

View: 1466

Brimming with advice and techniques, this essential reference for book- and songwriters clearly explains the fundamentals of the three crafts of a musical—book, music, and lyrics. Using copious examples from classic shows, Frankel has created the quintessential musical writers' how-to. Among the topics:definitions of musical theater; differences between musical books and straight plays and between poetry and lyrics; what a score is and how it develops; how to write for the voice; and how to audition musicals for producers. With a new introduction and revised text, Frankel's work is ready to guide a new generation of aspiring writers.

When Words Fail

A Life with Music, War and Peace

Author: Ed Vulliamy

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783783389

Category: Music

Page: N.A

View: 4789

Can music make the world a better place? Can it really 'belong' to anyone? Can the magic, mystery and incertitude of music - of the human brain meeting or making sound - can it stop wars, rehabilitate the broken, unite, educate or inspire? From Jimi Hendrix playing 'Machine Gun' at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the Bataclan under siege in 2015, Ed Vulliamy has lived the music, met the legends, and asked, when words fail, might we turn to music? There's only one way to find out, and that is to listen...

A Problem Like Maria

Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical

Author: Stacy Ellen Wolf

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472067725

Category: Music

Page: 289

View: 9699

The author surveys the world of tomboys, comedians, and "rebel nuns" who broke the gender stereotype rules on 1950s Broadway, reexamining the careers, roles, and performances of Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, and Barbara Streisand from the perspective of lesbian feminism. Simultaneous.

The making of a musical

Author: Lehman Engel

Publisher: Amadeus Press


Category: Music

Page: 157

View: 5874

Offers a brief history of the musical, gives advice on writing the music, lyrics, and libretto, and discusses practical aspects of producing a show.

Help Your Kids with Music

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465445692

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 9995

A step-by-step visual guide to music theory DK's Help Your Kids with Music is the perfect primer to help students gain a solid foundation in music, no matter the their age, skill level, or instrument. This visual guide clearly explains key concepts in five step by step chapters: - The Basics explains the types of instruments, notation for keyboard and stringed instruments, the "musical alphabet," and counting a beat. - Rhythm covers the length of notes and rests, as well as basic rhythms and meters, phrasing, syncopation, tempo, and using a metronome. - Tone and Melody includes everything a student needs to know about tones and how they work together to build a melody. - Chords and Harmony shows how intervals work together and includes examples for horn and woodwind instruments. - Form and Interpretation helps students understand how musical form can aid appreciation and interpretation for classical, jazz, blues, and other musical styles.

The American musical theater

Author: Lehman Engel

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company


Category: Music

Page: 266

View: 8931

A noted composer and conductor reviews the origins, evolution, and contemporary elements of the popular American art form.

Words With Power

Being a Second Study of 'The Bible and Literature'

Author: Northrop Frye

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442691751

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 6128

Words with Power is the crowning achievement of the latter half of Northrop Frye's career. Portions of the work can be found in Frye's notebooks as far back as the mid-1960s when he had just finished Anatomy of Criticism, and he completed the book shortly before his death in 1991. Beyond summing up his ideas about the relation of the Bible to Western culture, Words with Power boldly confronts a host of questions ranging from the relationship between literature and ideology to the real meaning of words like 'spirit' and 'faith.' The first half of the 'double mirror' structure looks at the language in which the Bible is written, arguing that it is identical to that of myth and metaphor. Frye suggests, therefore, that given this characteristic, the Bible should be read imaginatively rather than historically or doctrinally. However, he is also careful to point out the ways in which the Bible is more than a conventional work of fiction. The second half is an astonishing tour de force in which Frye demonstrates how both the Bible and literature revolve around four primary concerns of human life. This edition goes beyond the original in its documentation of Frye's dazzlingly encyclopedic range of reference. Profound and searching, Words with Power is perhaps the most daring book of Frye's career and one of the most exciting.

Sociologists and Music

An Introduction to the Study of Music and Society

Author: Paul Honigsheim

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412834711

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

View: 8359

An Introduction to the Study of Music & Society.

Music with Words

A Composer's View

Author: Virgil Thomson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300045055

Category: Music

Page: 178

View: 4827

This is a group of essays about vocal music, as composers face the writing of it, especially to English words and about the union of poetry and music.

Music in the Words

Musical Form and Counterpoint in the Twentieth Century Novel

Author: Alan Frederick Shockley

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754661993

Category: Music

Page: 191

View: 3823

Can a novel follow the form of a symphony and still succeed as a novel? Can musical counterpoint be mimicked by words on a page? Alan Shockley begins looking for answers by examining music's appeal for novelists and exploring two brief works, a prose fugue by Douglas Hofstadter, and a short story by Anthony Burgess modeled after a Mozart symphony. Analyses of three large, emblematic attempts at musical writing follow along with discussions on two recent brief novels. From the perspective of a composer, Shockley offers the reader fresh tools for approaching these dense and often daunting texts.

Ezra Pound

The Contemporary Reviews

Author: Betsy Erkkila

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521401399

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 418

View: 5278

A collection of the reviews of Pound's work that were published in his lifetime.