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The Civilizing Process

Richard Leppert

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230099.003.0007
The Civilizing Process

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This chapter focuses on the David Belasco work, The Girl of the Golden West. This was seen on its first peformance by Giacomo Puccini in 1907, while he was on his visit to New York. Puccini was searching for his next project when he saw the play of Belasco. Belasco specialized in melodrama emphasizing naturalism. The Girl of the Golden West is about a young woman living in a mining camp mostly populated by men. The setting of Belasco's play and Puccini's opera are situated within the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their works sparked the modernist ideologies which governed the civilizing process. Lastly, the two envisioned the time–space relations.

Keywords: David Belasco; Giacomo Puccini; Golden West; Sierra Nevada; civilizing process

Chapter.  10354 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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