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The New Music TheaterSeeing the Voice, Hearing the Body$
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Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001

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Cultural Narratives and Performance Institutions

Cultural Narratives and Performance Institutions

(p.59) Chapter 4 Cultural Narratives and Performance Institutions
The New Music Theater

Eric Salzman

Thomas Desi

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the cultural narratives inside and outside of opera and music theater as well as structural models for operatic and music theater companies. Issues of storytelling and highbrow/lowbrow art are followed by discussions of new roles for performers and subject matter. The chapter ends with a consideration of “loudspeaker culture”.

Keywords:   cultural narratives, operatic, music theater, storytelling, highbrow, lowbrow, loudspeaker culture

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