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Music direction for the stage : a view from the podium

Author: Joseph Church
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
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Theater music directors must draw on a remarkably broad range of musical skills. Not only do they conduct during rehearsals and performances, but they must also be adept arrangers, choral directors, vocal coaches, and accompanists. Like a record producer, the successful music director must have the flexibility to adjust as needed to a multifaceted job description, one which changes with each production and often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Church, Joseph, 1957-
Music direction for the stage
(DLC) 2014017176
(OCoLC)879642275
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Church
ISBN: 9780199993420 0199993424
OCLC Number: 897379048
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Music Direction for the Stage; Copyright; Contents; Foreword by Alan Menken; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The View from the Podium; part i Music Direction: A Job Description; 1. Music Direction Today and Yesterday; What a Music Director Does; Historical Survey of Music Direction; Technology and the Shrinking Orchestra; Looking to the Future; 2. Musical Stage Production; Songs, Musicals, and Opera; A (Very) Brief History of Music for the Stage; Production in the Twenty-First Century; 3. Job Opportunities for Music Directors; Broadway and Off-Broadway; National Tours. Regional (Local), Repertory, and Stock TheaterNightclubs, Cabarets, and Concerts; Revues, Special Events, and Industrials; Academic Theaters and Events; Amateur and Community Performances and Talent Shows; Workshops and Developmental Productions; part ii Personnel; 4. The Production Team; Producers; Stage Managers; General Managers, Company Managers, House Managers, and Production Managers; 5. The Creative Team; Composers and Lyricists; Directors; Choreographers; Designers and Technicians; 6. The Music Team; Conductors, Associates, and Assistants; Contractors and Music Coordinators. Orchestrators and CopyistsVocal and Dance Arrangers; Synthesizer Programmers; The Orchestra; 7. The Performers; Singers and Dancers; Singers and Actors; Star Performers and Nontraditional Casting; Casting Directors; part iii Preproduction; 8. Mounting a Production; Meetings and Agendas, Planning and Scheduling; Casting; Determining the Orchestration: Three Scenarios; Scenario 1: Voice and Piano, or Maybe More; Scenario 2: Small Ensembles; Scenario 3: Orchestra Reductions; 9. The Music: Assessment and Analysis; Learning and Practicing Scores; Preparing Scores for Rehearsal; Transcribing. Practical Analysis for Music Direction10. Arranging for Music Directors; Starting an Arrangement: Approaches and Rightness; Technical Fundamentals of Arranging; Distribution, Registration, and Voicing; Dynamics and Articulation; Key; Dynamics and Articulation; Feel and Style; Tempo; Structure; Notating Arrangements; Arranging for Voices; Arranging for Movement; part iv Rehearsals 1: Singers and the Stage; 11. Overview of Rehearsal Process; 12. Individual Vocal Rehearsals; Coaching Singers; Rehearsal Process and Conduct; Background, Analysis, and Style; Key; Tempo; Vocal Technique. Accompanying and the AccompanimentText and Singing; Acting and Singing; 13. Ensemble Vocal Rehearsals; Ensemble Rehearsal Process; Choral Techniques for the Stage; Breathing and Phrasing; Vocal Production and Technique; Intonation; Text and Diction; Acting and Characterization; Movement; Choral Conducting for the Stage; 14. Rehearsals with Directors and Choreographers; Staging and Dramatic Rehearsals; Movement and Dance Rehearsals; 15. Adapting Music to the Production; Cueing; Underscoring, Transitions, and Incidental Music; Overtures, Bows, and Exit Music.
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One of Broadway's foremost music directors emerges from the orchestra pit to tell how the music is put into a musical show. Part descriptive account, part instruction manual, this book offers a  Read more...

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If you're interested in the world of musical theater I know you'll enjoy and learn from Joe Church's Music Direction For The Stage: A View From the Podium. * Alan Menken *

 
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