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|Title: ||American Opera and Film Music: Illustrating a Cultural Identity|
|Authors: ||Darby, Spencer Harrison|
|Issue Date: ||30-Oct-2017|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney|
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
|Abstract: ||The purpose and aim of this project is to present an understanding of the American cultural idiom, as seen through the lens of film and opera. To provide a framework, I have selected three texts that I believe to be seminal works dealing with distinctly American topics: Moby Dick, Of Mice and Men and A Streetcar Named Desire. The three texts were all written within a hundred year period, 1851 -- 1947, which encapsulates an era of maturation for the United States. In this time the nation changed from a post-colonial outpost of moderate power, to a dominant industrial power, and an economic superpower. It stands to reason then, that in these texts lies the presentation of how each writer truly saw his own nation, during a time period that saw America develop into its mature, modern identity. By using these seminal texts as a starting point, it is possible to trace how values have changed in the intervening years, as each was appropriated first into a film, and then later into an opera. By attempting to capture the musical values inherent in the two different media, my desire is to see how America’s perception of itself has changed over a relatively short space of time.|
|Rights and Permissions: ||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.|
|Type of Work: ||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication: ||Master of Music M.Mus.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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