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Two Questions about Opera (1999)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0065
Two Questions about Opera (1999)

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This chapter presents Reich's response to two questions about opera: Why should composers still write operas today? How will the form evolve in the twenty-first century, and will it survive? He says that when composers want to take something that seizes their attention from the world around them and bring it into their music, the result is usually opera or a more recent form of music theater. He further says that the only way music theater will remain of interest is if its form is constantly changing to honestly reflect its time and place. While there may be reasons to summon up an earlier form, in most cases the composer will consciously or unconsciously reflect his or her time and place.

Keywords: time; place; opera; music theater

Chapter.  405 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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