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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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Nov 2017
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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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Nov 2017
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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, and achieved undisputed success ... More

All in the Family: The Contested Meanings of Mothers, Fathers, and Children in Hip Hop Culture  

Nichole Guillory and Seneca Vaught

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Sep 2018
Constructions of black mothers and fathers are often complicated intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and place. This chapter seeks to examine the contested representations of ... 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

Amateurs and Auditors: Listening to the British Musical Festival, 1810–1835  

Charles Edward McGuire

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Jan 2019
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Nov 2018
Between 1810 and 1835 the British musical audience expanded from the nobility and the gentry to include members of the middle classes. Using the contemporary musical festival as a case ... More

American Foundations for the Arts  

Rachel S. Vandagriff

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Apr 2015
This essay provides an overview of American private foundational support for American contemporary music between 1952 and 1983. Beginning in the early 1950s during the Cold War, the ... More

The American Invasion: The Impact of and  

Dominic Symonds

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This chapter considers the impact of ‘the American invasion’: a slew of Broadway musicals led by Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun that captivated and shocked audiences when they opened in ... More

American Rhapsody: From Modern to Postmodern in Visual Music  

Judith Zilczer

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Aug 2016
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Jul 2016
The opening decades of the twentieth century saw painters renounce mimetic representation for the formal rigors and spiritual transcendence of visual art divorced from reproduction of the ... More

Analysis  

William Drabkin

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
This chapter discusses the problems of applying contemporary techniques of music analysis to a genre that embraces not only sound but also spectacle and, above all, drama. It describes the ... More

“And One for Mahler”: An Opera Director’s Reflections on Sondheim in the Subsidized Theater  

Keith Warner

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
The chapter gives an outline of Sondheim’s shows performed in the subsidized theater in Europe and their history up until 2010. Government-funded theaters were once a natural place for ... More

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Haunted by the Phantom  

David Chandler

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) and his Really Useful Group (founded 1977) have dominated British musical theatre since the 1970s, especially between 1981 and 2002. This critical survey of ... More

The Animated Film Musical  

Susan Smith

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The article presents several unique features that constitute an animated film musical and make it distinct from its live action counterpart. The frequency with which the animated films ... More

Antiquarian Nostalgia and the Institutionalization of Early Music  

John Haines

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Jul 2014
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Dec 2013
This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. This essay explores modern performances of ... More

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