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Between Realism and Re-enactment: Navigating Dramatic and Musical 'Problems' in Voyage to the Moon

Browning, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7013-7959 and Davidson, J. W. (2019). Between Realism and Re-enactment: Navigating Dramatic and Musical 'Problems' in Voyage to the Moon. Parergon, 36(2), pp. 17-38. doi: 10.1353/pgn.2019.0053

Abstract

How do practitioners understand the relationship between performance, history and emotion in Western art music? Based on an ethnographic study of a contemporary pasticcio opera, we take the rehearsal room as an important, yet often overlooked, site in which creative artists imagine and perform different relationships with their musical and cultural heritage. Focussing on the interplay between two performative modes, which we call realism and re-enactment, we describe how the creative team navigated various dramatic and musical challenges associated with the opera, generating a final production that was ambiguous and multi-layered in its emotional registers and attitudes towards the past.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an author version of the article. The final version is available online from the publisher's website
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 12:41
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24585
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