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The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi


Alternatives to grand opera and popular musical go back at least as far as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, early Stravinsky, and Kurt Weill as well as the Broadway and off-Broadway theater operas of the '30s and '40s, and the modernist experiments of the '60s. Yet this long and continuing history, with its complex ideas and philosophy as well as musical and theatrical achievements, has never been properly sorted out. This book is the first comprehensive attempt in English to cover a still-emerging art form in its widest range. It provides a wealth of examples and descriptions, not only of the wo ... More

Keywords: music theater, modern opera, performance art, modernism, post-modernism, vocalism, voice in opera, new media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195099362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Salzman, author

Thomas Desi, author

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Front Matter

part i Music in Music Theater

part ii Theater in Music Theater

part iii Putting It All Together: La Mise en Scène

part iv After the Show: Taking It Apart