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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

‘A Great American Service’: George M. Cohan, the Stage, and the Nation in Yankee Doodle Dandy  

Elizabeth Titrington Craft

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter looks at the musical biopic Yankee Doodle Dandy. George M. Cohan was still alive when the movie about his life was made and his influence is seen on how it depicts aspects of ... More

‘A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution’: Adaptation and Triangulation in Paint Your Wagon  

Megan Woller

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter deals with sexuality in the much-maligned film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, the least popular of the team’s three 1960s film adaptations (My Fair Lady and ... 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

Adapting Pal Joey: Postwar Anxieties and the Playmate  

Julianne Lindberg

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter on the liberal movie adaptation of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey situates the musical in the context of postwar America, when traditional forms of gender and domesticity were ... 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

Agency and Contemporary Recording Production  

Eliot Bates

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Jul 2020
Recording production is a complex, multistep, typically collaborative process that entails a shifting set of individuals inhabiting changing roles within spaces that house considerable ... 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

The American Musical and the Faustian Bargain  

Raymond Knapp

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Oct 2019
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Aug 2019
The history of the American musical is framed by spectacular successes driven by Faustian elements: The Black Crook (1866, running for decades, based loosely on Weber’s Der Freischütz [The ... 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

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