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Where the Sound Comes From

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.003.0003
Where the Sound Comes From

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This chapter discusses the evolution of instruments and the orchestra in the theater — onstage, offstage, in the pit, and in the theatrical space — along with issues of musical form in theatrical music. It ends with a discussion of the breakdown of the stage/audience barrier, the use of live electronics, and the introduction of digital technology to transmit, transform, and create sound.

Keywords: musical form; audience; live electronics; digital technology

Chapter.  4086 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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