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Ch 6 PowerPoint

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Chapter 6 outline from The Beat Goes On: Popular Music in America

Chapter 6 outline from The Beat Goes On: Popular Music in America



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    • Chapter 6 Musical Theatre
    • Popular song as a dramatic tool
      • Accessible and artful
      • Not only appealing/dramatically effective
      • Although it projects the message of the text – it slows the action
    • Dramatically effective song fulfills one of three functions
      • Helps establish a mood
      • Advances the plot
      • Gives audience insight into the character
    • Early 20 th century songs had little dramatic connection to plot
      • Did not sound particularly American
    • George Cohan (1878-1942)
      • People’s music
      • Created a body of songs/distinctly American character/song at service of story
      • Patriotic songwriter
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1iWNdS1Kfg
    • Example: “Yankee Doodle Boy”
      • Best kind of theater song
      • Enhances action
      • Life apart from theater
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlPR97oYOBA
    • Jerome Kern (1885-1945) Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)
      • Kern wanted to integrate music and drama more thoroughly
    • 1920s stage show were mostly fluff - lighthearted
    • Show Boat
      • Departed from standard musical theater
      • Addressed serious themes – prejudice
      • 1 st of the great modern musicals
    • Example: “Ol’ Man River”
      • Dialect
      • Lyrics blend themes
      • Spiritual
      • Like operetta it began long ago but it was American/ more than entertainment
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s
    • Talking films and Great Depression ended the popularity of the musical theater.
    • “ Oklahoma” (1943) Rodgers and Hammerstein
      • Landmark musical
      • Critics/audience loved it
      • 2,248 performances
    • Example: “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”
      • Song as dramatic tool
      • Sets mood of story
      • We like Curly by the end of the song
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAi6buuLwWA
    • Show Boat/Oklahoma
      • Stories set in America (far removed from NYC)
      • Depth of character portrayal
      • Seriousness of plot
      • Integration of song into storyline
    • Many of Rogers&Hammerstein’s musicals became successful films
      • Subjects/drama/music were good
    • Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
      • Successful composer/jazz/theater
      • New energy to theater
    • “ West Side Story” (1957)
      • Landmark musical of 1950s
      • Innovative plot, music, and dance
      • Bernstein’s musical language was up to date – jazz, Latin, Tin Pan Alley, classical
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkdP02HKQGc
    • Films, records, radio, nightclubs, and TV provided cheaper entertainment, THEREFORE Musical Theatre became elite, or alternative entertainment.
    • Original cast recordings dominated pop charts through the early 1960s