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.
Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto
Author: Lehman Engel
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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.
Author: Robert Gordon,Olaf Jubin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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.
Author: Aaron Frankel
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Category: Performing Arts
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 Life with Music, War and Peace
Author: Ed Vulliamy
Publisher: Granta Books
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.
Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical
Author: Stacy Ellen Wolf
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Examines the songs, albums, and compositions of one of America's most prominent singer-songwriters.
Author: James Bennighof
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A noted composer and conductor reviews the origins, evolution, and contemporary elements of the popular American art form.
Author: Lehman Engel
Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company
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.
Being a Second Study of 'The Bible and Literature'
Author: Northrop Frye
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
An Introduction to the Study of Music & Society.
An Introduction to the Study of Music and Society
Author: Paul Honigsheim
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
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.
A Composer's View
Author: Virgil Thomson
Publisher: Yale University Press
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.
Musical Form and Counterpoint in the Twentieth Century Novel
Author: Alan Frederick Shockley
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
A collection of the reviews of Pound's work that were published in his lifetime.
The Contemporary Reviews
Author: Betsy Erkkila
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism