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Transformation of The Musical: The Hybridization of Tradition and Contemporary

  • Author(s): Hu, Yuchun Chloé
  • Advisor(s): Krouse, Ian
  • et al.
Abstract

Music and vision are undoubtedly connected to each other despite opera and film. In opera, music is the primary element, supported by the set and costumes. The set and costumes provide a visual interpretation of the music. In film, music and sound play a supporting role. Music and sound create an ambiance in films that aid in telling the story.

I consider the musical to be an equal and reciprocal balance of music and vision. More importantly, a successful musical is defined by its plot, music, and visual elements, and how well they are integrated.

Observing the transformation of the musical and analyzing many different genres of concert music, I realize that each new concept of transformation always blends traditional and contemporary elements, no matter how advanced the concept is or was at the time. Through my analysis of three musicals, I shed more light on where this transformation may be heading and what tradition may be replaced by a new concept, and vice versa. My monograph will be accompanied by a musical work, in which my ultimate goal as a composer is to transform the musical in the same way.

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