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A type of comp., sometimes quasi‐operatic but more usually a concert piece, for which a semi‐staged presentation is necessary. It developed after about 1950, esp. in USA and Ger. An Eng. ...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
201 words

...as often in the concert hall as in the theatre. Examples are György Ligeti's Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures (both 1966 ), Peter Maxwell Davies 's song cycle Eight Songs for a Mad King ( 1969 ) and small-scale operas such as Harrison Birtwistle 's Bow Down ( 1977 ). The Music-Theatre Group was formed in 1971 in the United States to present chamber pieces by artists such as Richard Foreman . Distinctions are drawn between music theatre, musical theatre (a term applied to popular forms such as the operetta, musical comedy and the musical) and ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
61 words

... theatre A type of composition, sometimes quasi‐operatic but more usually a concert piece, for which a semi‐staged presentation is necessary. It developed after about 1950 , esp. in USA and Ger. An Eng. example is P.M. Davies 's Eight Songs for a Mad King . In some examples of the genre, the visual and dramatic elements dominate the musical...

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Charles Wilson

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
546 words

...artistic conception), partly ideological (opera being viewed by the avant-garde as an entrenched, bourgeois institution), and partly practical (in view of the prohibitive cost of mounting full-scale theatrical productions). Composers of music theatre have derived inspiration variously from contemporary, non-narrative theatre ( Berio's Passaggio , 1963 ), ancient vernacular sources (an English Mummers' play in Birtwistle's Down by the Greenwood Side , 1969 ), and non-Western traditions (Japanese nō drama in Britten's ‘church parable’ Curlew River , ...

Music-Theatre Group

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
84 words

...-Theatre Group New York nonprofit professional theatre, with a summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts; founded in 1971 by Lyn Austin . She has been a major force behind the creation of innovative music theatre in the United States, putting together in a laboratory setting teams of artists who prove to be first-rate collaborators. Also known as Lenox Arts Center, the theatre has been particularly important to Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman , director–creator Anne Bogart , and the dance theatre of Martha Clarke . M. Elizabeth...

Music Box Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
159 words

... Box Theatre (New York). This jewel of a playhouse on West 45th Street is ideal in many ways: a size (975 seats) that is both intimate yet financially practical, a location in the heart of the theatre district, and a timeless decor with a high loggia, Palladian windows, and a limestone facade. It was designed by C. Howard Crane and named by Irving Berlin who built it with his partner Sam Harris in 1921 . The theatre opened with the first of a series of clever musical shows called the Music Box Revues and throughout its history the playhouse would...

English Music Theatre

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
91 words

...Music Theatre Title from 1976 of former English Opera Group, founded by Britten , Crozier , and John Piper in 1946 to perf chbr operas old and new. Closely connected with Britten’s operas, but also gave f.ps. of Walton’s The Bear and Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy . Has toured abroad widely, incl. USSR ( 1964 ). From 1961 administered and financed by CG. Re‐formed 1976 under joint dir. of Colin Graham and Steuart Bedford with aim of longer season and to embrace opera, operetta, musicals, and less conventional works. Ceased to exist ...

pop music and theatre

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
272 words

...music and theatre Through musical theatre , music hall , vaudeville and variety , popular music has enjoyed a close relationship with modern popular theatre, the source of many well-known songs. Since the Second World War and the advent of a distinct pop music, with as many forms as there are theatrical variations, the picture has changed and broadened: an innovator like Andy Warhol works with a Brechtian theatre collective and produces his ‘total environment’ cross-over theatre/rock touring show, The Exploding Plastic Inevitable featuring the Velvet...

music in the theatre

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
670 words

... in the theatre Pure music is commonly regarded as an abstract language, but when it is used in the theatre it can take on highly specific meaning. Music can make more rather than less precise the *subtext of *dialogue and can give clarity to the shape of dramatic *action . Music was employed in the earliest phases of spoken theatre. The *chorus in ancient *Greek theatre was accompanied by a piper, playing the double pipes: he marked the rhythm of the verse for its delivery and for *dancing . Most spoken dialogue in later periods of the theatre has...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
947 words

... in the theatre Pure music is commonly regarded as an abstract language, but when it is used in the theatre it can take on highly specific meaning. Music can make more rather than less precise the subtext of dialogue and can give clarity to the shape of dramatic action . Successful theatrical performance is closely aligned to music as it depends upon a highly developed sense of rhythm; some practitioners and theorists argue that rhythm is the prime means by which the attention of the audience can be held. The phrase ‘it's all in the timing’ applies to...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
42 words
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Ballet

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
168 words

...Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Ballet (Stanislavsky Ballet) The ballet company of Moscow's second opera house which evolved from the Arts Ballet, founded by V. Krieger in 1929 , and which was inspired by Stanislavsky's principles of theatrical realism. Under Krieger and Bourmeister (respectively director and chief choreographer, 1930–71 ), the company performed ballets which made a feature of dramatic realism and emotional truth. Its first production was The Rivals (a version of La Fille mal gardée , chor. N. Kholfin and P....

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
46 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
32 words
music theatre

music theatre  

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A type of comp., sometimes quasi‐operatic but more usually a concert piece, for which a semi‐staged presentation is necessary. It developed after about 1950, esp. in USA and Ger. An Eng. example is ...
music in the theatre

music in the theatre  

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Pure music is commonly regarded as an abstract language, but when it is used in the theatre it can take on highly specific meaning. Music can make more rather than ...
Music-Theatre Group

Music-Theatre Group  

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New York nonprofit professional theatre, with a summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts; founded in 1971 by Lyn Austin. She has been a major force behind the creation of innovative music ...
English Music Theatre

English Music Theatre  

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Music
Title from 1976 of former English Opera Group, founded by Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier, and John Piper in 1946 to perf. chamber operas old and new. Closely connected with Britten's operas, but also ...
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Ballet

Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Ballet  

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(Stanislavsky Ballet)The ballet company of Moscow's second opera house which evolved from the Arts Ballet, founded by V. Krieger in 1929, and which was inspired by Stanislavsky's principles of ...
Theatre

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,088 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...the architectonics of *Gothic drama , and the *Dibdin family, whose songs and entertainments defined Britishness during the French wars and after. *Music [26] was an integral element of all forms of theatre in this period, many of the leading singers, including Braham , Incledon , * Billington , and * Crouch , having notable stage careers. The multimedia experience of an evening at the patent theatres began normally with a main-piece drama followed by a musical interlude and an after piece—a farce, pantomime, pageant, or *ballet . The evening's show,...

Music

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,344 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...1992; Boydell, B. , Rotunda Music in Eighteenth-Century Dublin , Dublin, 1992; Ehrlich, C. , The Piano: A History , London, 1976; The Music Profession in Britain since the Eighteenth Century: A Social History , Oxford, 1985; First Philharmonic: A History of the Royal Philharmonic Society , Oxford, 1995; Fiske, R. , English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century , 2nd edn., Oxford, 1986; Johnstone, H. D. , & Fiske, R. , eds., Music in Britain: The Eighteenth Century , Oxford, 1990; Leppert, R. , Music and Image: Domesticity, Ideology and...

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