In this Book

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This book offers a series of essays that show the integrated role that musical structure (including harmony, melody, rhythm, meter, form, and musical association) plays in making sense of what transpires onstage in musicals. Written by a group of music analysts who care deeply about musical theater, this collection provides new understanding of how musicals are put together, how composers and lyricists structure words and music to complement one another, and how music helps us understand the human relationships and historical and social contexts. Using a wide range of musical examples, representing the history of musical theater from the 1920s to the present day, the book explores how music interacts with dramatic elements within individual shows and other pieces within and outside of the genre. These essays invite readers to consider issues that are fundamental both to our understanding of musical theater and to the multiple ways we engage with music.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Series Information Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Examples
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part 1: Chapters That Engage Multiple Works
  1. Chapter 1. “Was It Ever Real?”
  2. Nathan Beary Blustein
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 1.1b
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  1. Chapter 2. Sondheim’s Dissonant Tonality
  2. Drew Nobile
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  1. Chapter 3. Topical Interpretive Strategies in American Musical Theater
  2. Gregory J. Decker
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 3.6
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  1. Chapter 4. A Phenomenological Approach to Music Theater Rhyme
  2. Richard Plotkin
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  1. Chapter 5. The Changing Rhythms of Bridges and Ends
  2. Rachel Short
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  1. Part 2: Chapters That Engage a Single Work
  1. Chapter 6. Three Notions of Long-Range Form in Guys and Dolls
  2. Michael Buchler
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 6.2
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  1. Chapter 7. Style, Tonality, and Sexuality in The Rocky Horror Show
  2. Nicole Biamonte
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 7.4
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  1. Chapter 8. Music, Time, and Memory in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years
  2. Jonathan De Souza
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 8.1
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  1. Chapter 9. Lesbian Desire in Fun Home
  2. Rachel Lumsden
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  1. Chapter 10. The Hip-Hop History of Hamilton
  2. Robert Komaniecki
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 10.1
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  1. Chapter 11. “Isn’t It Queer?”
  2. J. Daniel Jenkins
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  1. Extended Description for Figure 11.3
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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