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Music 2701A/B Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Exam Guide - Opera, Classical Music, Tim Rice


Department
Music
Course Code
Music 2701A/B
Professor
Kristina Baron-Woods
Study Guide
Final

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MUSIC 2701A lecture 1
Musical- a stage tv or film production utilizing popular style songs w optional dialogue to either
tell a story or showcase the talents of the writers and performers
Popular style meaning not opera, songs that fit within the current society of its time
Elements of musical theatre
Lyrics/book
Music/songs/score
Dance/choreography
Direction
Design
Props
Ways to approach musical theatre
Facts- who wrote it, directed it, whats the story about, list of characters
Genre- how does the show contribute to the evolution of the genre
Historical context- what was happening in the world at the time
Social concerns- why did someone write about this issue at this time
Cultural theory- popular modern-day or post-modern approaches to historical works; gender
theory, race/ethnicity, political theory
Dear Evan Hansen
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Steven Levenson
Opened on Broadway December 2016
Winner of 6 Tony awards; best book, best score, best actor for lead Ben Platt
Listening: Anybody have a map? Waving through a window, sincerely me, you will be found
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MUSIC 2701A lecture 2
Oct 2 Assignment
Revival meaning- closed on broadway, time passes and broadway brings it back with new director, new
sets and costumes
No need to list everywhere the show has ever played, just broadway
Mega musical
Large cast
Big budget
Popular
Mostly sung
Lavish costuming
Lots of advertising and promotion, merch
Interesting stage craft
More than just theatre, a huge social event
Something iconic, there is a demand for it
Popular symbols (mask from phantom, cat eyes from cats)
Visual over story
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dominates the field of musicals
Resurgence of popularity of his works
Been accused of musical plagiarism a lot, taking themes from other composers
Most commercially successful modern theatre composer
Born in London march 22 1948
Father is composer/organist, mother is violinist/pianist/teacher, Younger brother is accomplished cellist
Aunt viola was a london stage actress, they built a puppet theatre together and he would write songs
Started at oxford as a history scholar then gave it up to study at royal college of music
First lyricist partner was Tim Rice, they worked on several hits
First big success was Joseph
Cantata
From the Italian word "cantare" which means to sing
A sung musical work, with solos and ensemble singing
Usually based on scripture or a religious theme
Dramatic, tells a story but is unstaged
Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat, jesus christ superstar
Both of these musicals started as concept albums
Concept album
Gauges popularity of music before producing a show
Allowed music to permeate pop charts before staging people went into theatre knowing hit songs
Opposite to how most musicals produced albums prior to this time
Pink floyd- the wall
The beatles- sergeant pepper album
Kendrick lamar- to pimp a butterfly
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