The Resource The nightingale and the rose : chamber opera in two acts, by Anna Laurel Brake

The nightingale and the rose : chamber opera in two acts, by Anna Laurel Brake

Label
The nightingale and the rose : chamber opera in two acts
Title
The nightingale and the rose
Title remainder
chamber opera in two acts
Statement of responsibility
by Anna Laurel Brake
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Contributor
Composer
Degree supervisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I chose Oscar Wilde's short story, The Nightingale and the Rose (about a nightingale who sacrifices her life to create a red rose for love), for my opera for its fantasy, wit, and expectation-defying tropes. This one-hour chamber opera for piano, chorus, two actors (Aubrey; bicyclist), dancers, and six vocalists (Gayle: soprano; Scarlet, Nita: mezzo sopranos; Alex, Elon: tenors; Oakley: baritone) is a reduction of the projected complete orchestration. Act One includes scenes 1-3 and dance interludes 1-2, and Act Two comprises scenes 1-2 with one dance interlude. In historical artistic works nightingales represent creativity and their songs, laments. I advanced these concepts as author of the libretto, and the symbols fed the musical materials and development. Regarding pitch choices: each interval represents a feeling, realm, or ideology, which build leitmotivs for characters and moods. P1/P8 represent optimism (in leitmotifs: Gayle, yellow, hope, love). M2/m7 and m2/M7 represent the natural world (red rose, Gayle, hope, Oakley, love, sorrow, death). M3/m6 and m3/M6 represent feelings of the heart, intuition, or right brain activity (Scarlet, Gayle, hope, love, sorrow, colors). P4 represents logic and left brain thinking (Alex, philosophy, hope, Gayle). The tritone represents heartbreak and disillusionment (Oakley, Gayle, sorrow, death). P5 represents dull hollowness (Aubrey, sorrow). Regarding other musical elements: Gayle and Nita sing varied, improvisatory-like repetitions, with colorful techniques such as glissandos, trills, and brief drastic descending lines to show the emotive power of laments. I demonstrate Gayle's care for all by having her sing duets with every character she encounters. The chorus sets the scene as garden night creatures. They support Gayle's wordless leitmotifs: Gayle, love, sorrow, and death to an intense climax. Repetition, expanding ranges, accelerating accompaniment, and cluster chords build tension. Complete silence after the climax adds to its impact, and the a cappella chorus sings the lament-like death motive in unison, highlighting the poignance of this moment in the drama. Gayle represents creativity, and death is her creative act. To create, creativity must die. However, after the destruction/creation of an idea, there is always another, so I added a wordless musical epilogue to the original story
Accompanying matter
libretto or text
Cataloging source
UMK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brake, Anna Laurel
Degree
M.M.
Dissertation note
(Conservatory of Music and Dance).
Dissertation year
2018.
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
full score
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Kansas City,
Literary text for sound recordings
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Chen, Yi
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Operas
Target audience
general
Label
The nightingale and the rose : chamber opera in two acts, by Anna Laurel Brake
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A thesis in Music Composition."
  • Advisor: Chen Yi
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
  • text
  • notated music
Content type code
  • txt
  • ntm
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Abstract -- Synopsis -- Libretto -- Composer notes -- Instrumentation -- Music score -- Vita
Control code
1080638754
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 score (xxx, 147 pages))
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
music
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1080638754
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The nightingale and the rose : chamber opera in two acts, by Anna Laurel Brake
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A thesis in Music Composition."
  • Advisor: Chen Yi
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
  • text
  • notated music
Content type code
  • txt
  • ntm
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Abstract -- Synopsis -- Libretto -- Composer notes -- Instrumentation -- Music score -- Vita
Control code
1080638754
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 score (xxx, 147 pages))
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
music
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1080638754
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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