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1900–1945  

Joy H. Calico

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
This chapter considers three trends evident in recent research on opera in the period 1900–1945. Scholars tend to situate the genre, as well as individual works and composers, in relation ... More

“A Day in the Life”: The Beatles and the BBC, May 1967  

Gordon Thompson

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Jan 2015
This chapter examines the issue of censorship in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s controversial decision to ban the final track, “A Day in the Life,” from the Beatles’ album, Sgt. ... More

Acting  

Simon Williams

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
Acting and singing have often been considered incompatible activities, but most successful operatic performances depend in part on successful acting. Acting in opera is, however, different ... More

Acting  

John M. Clum

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The article points out various aspects of acting in a musical theater. The acting was not always a primary concern in the history of musical theater. Stars of musical comedy were either ... More

After Anger: The British Musical of the Late 1950s  

Elizabeth Wells

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
The late 1950s saw an astonishing emergence of iconoclastic and modernistic approaches to the genre of the British musical. Directors like Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop company ... More

After the “Golden Age”  

Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The article focuses on some of the more important developments that have affected the American musical over the years. The amount of money needed to produce a musical has increased since ... More

After the Canon  

Robert Fink

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
Can opera as drama save classical music? Pierre Boulez famously proposed “blowing up all the opera houses” in 1967, and the relationship between the avant-garde and opera has been ... More

Afterword: Whose Culture? Whose History? Whose Music?  

Michael P. Steinberg

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a musical group composed of various musicians from Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries. They show how music is a thing of ... More

Alban Berg’s “Guilt” by Association  

Patricia Hall

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Sep 2016
This chapter examines how Alban Berg plotted to survive as a composer during the Third Reich. Berg’s opera Wozzeck premiered in Berlin on December 14, 1925, achieving undisputed success. ... More

Amateur Topical Competencies  

Melanie Lowe

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter considers the topical competency of late eighteenth-century amateur players and listeners. Focus is on selected string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Pleyel. The analytical ... More

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