4-26 - Music 005 Notes Broadway Broadway Musical "musical"...

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Music 005 Notes Broadway Broadway Musical “musical” = “musical Comedy” But as in opera buffa the label “comedy” doesn’t mean that the works are comic throughout o Most of the great Broadway Shows deal with serious issues: especially themes of social justice Kern and Hammerstein, SHOW BOAT (1927) Fist great Broadway musical Humans and their little problems (the show boat) are contrasted with nature (the river), which goes on its way without noticing o Physical and psychological abuse o Addiction to gambling o Racism o Alcoholism Songs from Show Boat Can’t help Livin tat Man o Mine” o The music gives away the secret of Julie’s racially diverse background Blues influenced vocal line Non-bluesy orchestration “ol’ man river” o Sung by Joe, the black stevedore (the guy who loads and unloads the boat) o Musical Dignity: low notes, slow tempo o Folksy pen tonic tune (unspoiled) o The AABA form has extra-musical significance Rogers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma (1943) The main characters present a stereotypically wholesome, traditional love story Most of the secondary characters are sex-crazed Ado Annie: “I’m just a girl who can’t sayu no” o The simple, innocent melodic line is ironic, given her self-description
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course MUSIC 005 taught by Professor Charlesyoumans during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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4-26 - Music 005 Notes Broadway Broadway Musical "musical"...

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