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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Updating “La voix humaine”: Authenticity and accessibility
by Ehrlich, Melinda, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 41; 1521581
Abstract (Summary)

The aim of this project report, in conjunction with my graduate recital, is to justify updating La voix humaine in a way that maintains its integrity while also making its thematic content more accessible to contemporary audiences. Because of the telephone's symbolic meaning in the work, new productions should carefully consider the significance of the telephone's technology at the opera's premiere as much—if not more so—than the evidence left by Cocteau and Poulenc indicating their intentions for the original production. Achieving authenticity in performances of La voix humaine today is best attained by preserving the original production's attention to the role of modernity in the opera. An analysis of Poulenc's and Cocteau's postmodern aesthetic and unique collaboration with Denise Duval, combined with a discussion of the symbolism of the telephone itself, supports the idea that contemporary performance practice of the opera must go beyond replicating the original.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anglin, David
Commitee: MacDougall, Tim, Shockley, Alan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Theater, Performing Arts
Publication Number: 1521581
ISBN: 978-1-267-79010-1
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