An analysis of A good man is hard to find, an original chamber opera in one-act based on the short story by Flannery O'Connor
Abstract (Summary)The dissertation is in two parts. The first part is an original chamber opera in one act based on the short story A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. The opera is scored for flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, piano, violin I, violin II and violoncello. It employs a cast of ten singers. In addition to the acoustic accompaniment, the score synchronizes pre-recorded electronic sound throughout most of the opera. The second part of the dissertation is an analysis of the opera by the composer. The analysis includes a brief overview of compositional trends in contemporary chamber opera, a summary of the original story, a summary of the opera libretto written by the composer, an outline of the general form of the composition, consideration of the electronic score and its integration in the opera, a categorization of the scalar types employed in writing the principal motives and vocal melodies and an overview of the primary pitch-centers emphasized in each section of the opera.
School:The University of Georgia
School Location:USA - Georgia
Source Type:Master's Thesis
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