A critical commentary exploring the potential inclusion of operatic arias in the traditional song recital. : references to Johannes Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge OP. 121, Fünf Lieder Opus 105 and bass arias from Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi.

Holland, Brett William. (2005). A critical commentary exploring the potential inclusion of operatic arias in the traditional song recital. : references to Johannes Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge OP. 121, Fünf Lieder Opus 105 and bass arias from Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi. MPhil Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Holland, Brett William.
Thesis Title A critical commentary exploring the potential inclusion of operatic arias in the traditional song recital. : references to Johannes Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge OP. 121, Fünf Lieder Opus 105 and bass arias from Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi.
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Denis Collins
Total pages 66
Language eng
Subjects L
190406 Music Composition
750200 Arts and Leisure
750201 The performing arts (incl. music, theatre and dance)
410101 Music
Formatted abstract This paper is a critical commentary exploring the opportunity to perform both lieder and operatic aria within a song recital. Operatic performance and art song recitals are very different media. Opera is performed in a theatre complete with character, costume and orchestra. A song recital is far simpler often requiring only a small venue with staging area and repetiteur. However, the Inclusion of thematically appropriate operatic arias in a contemporary recital program exploits the opportunity to build on the intrinsic drama inherent in late nineteenth-century lieder. Such a program becomes artistically viable when the relationship between the music and the text is complementary to the overall thematic aims of the recital.

The exploration of these ideas will draw upon the following repertoire:

Vier ernste Gesänge Opus 121 by Johannes Brahms.
Fünf Lieder Opus 105 by Johannes Brahms.
• “ll lacerato spirito' from Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi.
• 'Come dal ciel precipita' from Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi.

This paper complements two vocal recitals presented for the University of Queensland Master of Philosophy program in which these ideas were featured.
Keyword Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 -- Criticism and interpretation
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 -- Criticism and interpretation
Additional Notes

Variant title: Critical commentary on Verdi and Brahms in recital

 
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