The New Music Theater by Eric Salzman Online

The New Music Theater
Title : The New Music Theater
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ISBN : 9780195099362
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 408

Alternatives to grand opera and the popular musical can be traced at least as far back as the 1912 premiere of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire." Yet this ongoing history has never been properly sorted out, its complex ideas and philosophy as well as musical and theatrical achievements never brought fully to light. The New Music Theater is the first comprehensive attempt in EAlternatives to grand opera and the popular musical can be traced at least as far back as the 1912 premiere of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire." Yet this ongoing history has never been properly sorted out, its complex ideas and philosophy as well as musical and theatrical achievements never brought fully to light. The New Music Theater is the first comprehensive attempt in English to cover this still-emerging art form in its widest range. This book provides a wealth of examples and descriptions not only of the works themselves, but of the concepts, ideas, and trends that have gone into the evolution of what may be the most central performance art form of the post-modern world. Authors Salzman and Desi consider the subject of music theatre from a social as well as artistic point of view, exploring how theatre works in culture, and how music works in the theatre. Illuminating their discussion with illustrations from current artists and their works, The New Music Theater both describes where we have been and points the way to the future of this all-encompassing art form.


The New Music Theater Reviews

  • Murray

    Most of this book is an AMAZING survey of the history of new musical theatre and the mixed genres that have popped up between opera, operetta, avant-garde performance, and jazz. I was blown away. However, the last few chapters, where ES tries to summarize and put together some kind of theory of new music theatre falls SHORT. I mean REALLY SHORT. If the first 18 chapters had not been so good, I would have been really pissed off. He tries to survey existing theories, but never comes so any kind of [...]