Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Inspiration For And Interpretation Of The Vocal Writing For The Title Character In George Enescu's Opera Oedipe
Author(s):Ballantyne, Chadley
Advisor(s):Tipei, Sever
Contributor(s):Professor Sylvia Stone; Diazmuñoz, Eduardo; Magee, Gayle Sherwood
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:The titular role of George Enescu’s opera, Oedipe, is one of the most challenging bass-baritone roles in the literature. With a vast scope and a rare level of notational specificity, the part ranges from Wagnerian lyricism to tragedian declamation. In addition to quartertones, the part also calls for numerous extended techniques and timbral effects. In 1909, Enescu saw the great tragedian actor, Jean Mounet-Sully, give an arresting performance of Jules La Croix’s adaptation of Oedipe-roi by Sophocles. An examination of Mounet-Sully’s wide range and variety of extended vocal techniques as evidence on the 1900 record of his performance of Oedipe-roi shows how his unusually virtuosic voice and declamatory style inspired Enescu to write Oedipe. By analyzing the actor’s performance with the computer application VoceVista, it is possible to see how he used classical vocal technique in his declamation. This information can help a singer prepare Enescu’s music effectively, authentically, and without compromising vocal technique or clarity of diction. It will also offer insights into ways to successfully perform extended vocal techniques found in other twentieth- and twenty-first-century operas.
Issue Date:2015-05
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Ballantyne, Chadley. INSPIRATION FOR AND INTERPRETATION OF THE VOCAL WRITING FOR THE TITLE CHARACTER IN GEORGE ENESCU’S OPERA OEDIPE. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2015.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-28

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