Note:This scholarly essay 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 two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A conductor's guide
Author(s):Ciabatti, Filippo
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):Tharp, Reynold; Schleicher, Donald; Gunn, Julie; Stone, Sylvia
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Benjamin Britten
Midsummer Night's Dream
Conductor's guide
Britten and opera
Christopher Gillett
Abstract:Based on my experience conducting Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the University of Illinois in a production directed by Christopher Gillett, this paper is designed as a guide to assist other conductors who approach this masterpiece. Its main focus is to provide advice from both technical and musical points of view on how to handle selected challenging passages of the opera in rehearsal and performance. The discussion of these passages is organized by acts in the chronological order of the piece. The paper also considers the relationship between the pit and the stage from the perspective of the conductor.
Issue Date:2017-12
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Filippo Ciabatti
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-10-27

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