Guitar in the opera literature : a study of the instrument's use in opera during the 19th and 20th centuries

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dc.contributor.advisor Reilly, Paul, 1948- en_US Stanek, Mark C. en_US 2011-06-03T19:31:30Z 2011-06-03T19:31:30Z 2004 en_US 2004
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 2004 .S73 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a study of the use of guitar in opera. Ten operas were chosen from the early nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century as a representative cross section of operas that use the guitar. The operas studied are: The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz, Otello and Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, La vida breve by Manuel de Falla, The Nightingale by Igor Stravinsky, Wozzeck by Alban Berg, and Paul Bunyan by Benjamin Britten. The study examines the technical aspects of each guitar part and how the guitar relates to the libretto and to the other instruments of the orchestra.The study finds that, with some exceptions, the guitar parts are idiomatic and not difficult to execute. There is some need on the part of the guitarist to edit the parts for technical and historical reasons and editorial suggestions are made by the author. The guitar is often related to the libretto and often appears onstage, yet it is almost always used as a prop and the performing guitarist is placed offstage or in the orchestra pit. There are significant problems found concerning the guitar's lack of volume. Composers tend to limit the number of instruments in use with the guitar. They do not, however, tend to give the guitar louder dynamics when other instruments are used at the same time. The guitar is generally used in outdoor scenes, to evoke a folk idiom, or when specifically referred to in the libretto. The use of the guitar is found to be mostly limited to simple accompaniments which do not utilize the full resources of the instrument. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.format.extent v, 224 leaves : music ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Guitar music -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Opera -- 19th century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Opera -- 20th century. en_US
dc.title Guitar in the opera literature : a study of the instrument's use in opera during the 19th and 20th centuries en_US Thesis (D.A.) en_US
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