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Revealing Masks: Exotic Influences and Ritualized Performance in Modernist Music Theater

W. Anthony Sheppard

Abstract

This book explores ritualized performance in twentieth-century music, uncovering the range of political, didactic, and aesthetic intents that inspired the creators of modernist music theater. The book focuses especially in the use of the “exotic” in techniques of masking and stylization, identifying Japanese Noh, medieval Christian drama, and ancient Greek theater as the most prominent exotic models for the creation of “total theater.” Drawing on a diverse range of music theater pieces, it cites the work of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Arthur Honegger, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harry Partch, ... More

Keywords: Japanese Noh, Christian drama, Greek theater, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Arthur Honegger, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harry Partch, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223028
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223028.001.0001

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W. Anthony Sheppard, author

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