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Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten (Music/Culture) [Paperback]

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Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1999
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819563420  
EAN  9780819563422  

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While Philip Glass's operas, film scores, symphonies, and popular works have made him America's best-known classical composer, almost no analysis of his compositional techniques grounded in current cultural theory has yet been published. John Richardson's in-depth examination shows how the third opera of Glass's famous trilogy, the story of an adrogynous monarch who authored radical social and religious reforms, encapsulates Glass's ideational orientation at the time, both in terms of his unique conception of music theater and with regard to broader social questions. Glass's nontraditional musical syntax, his experimental, minimalist approach, and his highly ambiguous tonality have resisted interpretation, but Richardson overcomes those difficulties by developing new theoretical models through which to analyze both the work and its genesis.

In Akhnaten, Richardson says, the composer's concepts of sound and dramatic context, cultural theory, and gender construction intersect, providing perhaps the best demonstration of "the very nature of Glass's aesthetic, which places a strong emphasis on implicit levels of signification and steers clear of conventional 'story telling' narrative strategies." Careful explanations of theory and compositional strategies, close readings of the work itself, consideration of the collaborative aspects of the opera's evolution, and incorporation of previously unpublished interviews with Glass himself combine to illuminate both a landmark work of contemporary musical theater and a dominant figure on the American musical landscape.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOHN RICHARDSON is a musician, composer, journalist and musicologist who has lectured in Universities in Finland and conducted research in several institutions in North America. He currently teaches at the Department of Musicology at the University of Jyvaeskylae, in Finland.

John Richardson lived in New York City, in the state of New York. John Richardson was born in 1787 and died in 1865.

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A needed insight on a modern masterpiece  Mar 22, 2006
John Richardson book explores every aspect of Philip Glass's Akhenaton: libretto, music, significance, archeology, etc.
Once I read that book, the opera I have known and listened to for more than 7 years became new again.
This book also puts Akhenaton into the perspective of the others main operas from Philip Glass.
An essential book about this opera and it's creator.

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