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Performing Sunflower Sutra: Merging Music and Theater in the Speaking-Pianist Genre


This paper documents a previously theatrically untrained pianist’s process of preparing Jerome Kitzke’s Sunflower Sutra, a speaking-pianist work, in the theatrical performance tradition. It explains Antonin Artaud’s platform of theater and its application to Sunflower Sutra, and provides the author’s experience researching acting and vocal techniques and their application to performance. Additionally, this document analyzes the effects of lighting design, sound design, and stage arrangements in a piano recital.

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