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:From Machiavelli to zarzuela: A performer's guide to William Bolcom's opera Lucrezia
Author(s):Kim, You Jin
Advisor(s):Siena, Jerold
Contributor(s):Siena, Jerold; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Stone, Sylvia; Carrillo, Carlos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):William Bolcom
Chamber music
Mark Campbell
Practice and performanceZarzuela
Abstract:This study explores William Bolcom’s chamber opera, Lucrezia (2008), a one-act comic opera in the zarzuela style based on Niccolò Machiavelli’s Renaissance play La Mandragola (The Mandrake Root) and commissioned by the New York Festival of Song. The opera uses catchy musical materials borrowed from the zarzuela tradition and a libretto based on Machiavelli’s play — with a performance run time of only about 50 minutes, featuring a small number of performers (only five singers and two pianos). A significant part of this study will introduce this work as a manageable addition to the chamber-opera repertoire. This project also provides a guide for future performers and audiences alike looking for hidden gems. As yet there are no scholarly materials on this attractive opera. My analytical commentary and interpretation and my performance suggestions should benefit the field of opera and aid future performers of the work. This study should also be useful for readers wanting to learn more about Bolcom’s chamber opera.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 You Jin Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-12-06

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