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Music drama

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Music drama An opera in which the text and action are not interrupted by set arias, duets, etc., the music being determined throughout by dramatic appropriateness; musical drama of this character, in general. It involves the use of a kind of melodious declamation, the development of leitmotif, great orchestral elaboration, and a fusion of poetry, music, action, and scene into an organic whole. The term is applied esp. to the later works of Wagner: “Tristan und Isolde,” “Die Meistersinger,” “Rheingold,” “Walküre,” “Siegfried,” “Götterdämmerung,” and “Parsifal.”
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Quotations

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.”

Usage

In literature:

MR. PUNCH'S MORAL MUSIC-HALL DRAMAS.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 1, 1890" by Various
I used to take the leading part in the performance of these musical dramas.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
It was a revival of the sacred drama in musical form, and the immediate precursor of the modern oratorio.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
On these simple lines the music builds up a drama.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Chris had loaned her books, little slim books of dramas or essays, and Chris had talked to her of plays and music.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
The influence of Wagner and the music-drama is distinctly to be felt.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
MR. PUNCH'S MORAL MUSIC-HALL DRAMAS.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98 February 15, 1890" by Various
MR. PUNCH'S MORAL MUSIC-HALL DRAMAS.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 1, 1890" by Various
The opera itself was the much discussed music drama, Salome.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
His speech is literature, his gesture art, his action drama, his affections music.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
The necessity for a peroration, or strong finish, is recognized in music, the drama, and everything presented before an audience.
"The Art of Lecturing" by Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
His form is the form of the music-drama, not the symphonic form.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Still, it seems to me, it would be no easy matter to write a musical drama as you would postulate it.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The various aspects of culture, such as literature, art, music, and drama, were also structured to promote the goals of the Party.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
Music and the drama received especial protection from her.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
At the time this music drama was produced its intervals were considered in the guise of unrelated notes.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
An opera at the present day must be a drama set to music.
"Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
A vigorous clapping, followed by a low gush of music, woke him at last to the realization that the little drama had terminated.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
Richard Wagner turned the tide of acting in opera by his music dramas.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
He composed, also, music for several of the songs in Shakespeare's dramas, and various pieces of instrumental music.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
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In news:

The veteran actress will be joining the new NBC musical drama, premiering Feb 6th.
Musical Drama TEXAS sees attendance up over last year.
Next Steps classes to help autistic students experience drama, music and movement through life skills through stage skills philosophy.
Next Steps classes to help autistic students experience drama, music and movement through life skills through stage skills philosophy Milwaukee, WI – This.
Drama, music and dance are all represented in this week's picks of the tix in southern Maine.
As FX's "Sons of Anarchy" roars towards the Nov 29 conclusion of its fourth season and guns its engine for a fifth year, the outlaw biker drama stands out as one of the most music-driven skeins on TV.
The White House will welcome the Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe for its annual Christmas Show on Dec 22.
She had a role in the 2012 indie drama "Filly Brown," about the Mexican music biz.
Liza Minnelli to guest star on TV musical drama "Smash".
Liza Minnelli will guest star on an episode of TV musical drama "Smash," NBC said on Tuesday.
She'll play herself in a spring episode of the musical drama's upcoming second season.
Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama Gets Musical .
Among the characteristics the network TV drama " Nashville " gets right about its namesake city is the music.
There are dramas, a fantasy tale and even a musical.
Musical Drama Directed by: Herbert Ross ( Boys on the Side ) Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Christopher Walken, Vernel Bagneris.
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