Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mental "illness" as portrayed in western concert music
by Kennedy, Justin Leo, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 139; 1523328
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines representations of supposed mentally "ill" and mad characters from Claudio Monteverdi's Lamento della ninfa, Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung, Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King , and my own work Christopher. It argues that none of these characters are mentally "ill" and criticizes their being labeled as mad. Furthermore, this writing submits that treatment of the mentally "ill" is strongly correlated with their specific representation in western art music.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Herman, Martin
Commitee: Cox, Robin, Shockley, Alan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Music
Keywords: Davies, Peter Maxwell, Donizetti, Gaetano, Eight Songs for a Mad King, Erwartung, Lamento della ninfa, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madness, Monteverdi, Charles, Schoenberg, Arnold, Szasz, Thomas
Publication Number: 1523328
ISBN: 978-1-303-20896-6
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