Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Darius Milhaud's “Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musée de l'Homme”, op. 164: An examination of performance practices and contemporary solutions
by Aprahamian, Lucik, D.M.A., The University of Arizona, 2010, 135; 3434338
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musée de l'Homme, op. 164, Darius Milhaud's musical setting of a poem by Robert Desnos, can be made accessible to choral ensembles by employing a choir in addition to the vocal quartet traditionally used in performances, thereby reflecting more accurately the poet's concept of the work, even though these indications are not present in Milhaud's musical score.

In order to provide conductors and scholars with the tools to understand and perform Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musée de l'Homme, in this document I describe the work, analyze its poetic and musical structure, trace its performance history and practice, and suggest ways to realize Desnos's original concept of the work. I also present some possible explanations as to why Milhaud did not include any indication for vocal performance forces in Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musée de l'Homme, and why he himself performed the work with vocal quartet and not with choir. Finally, I propose that employing a choir in addition to soloists for Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musée de l'Homme is consistent with the performance history of Milhaud's other vocal quartet works of similar style.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chamberlain, Bruce B.
Commitee: Brobeck, John T., Schauer, Elizabeth R.
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Cantata, Cantate, Cantate pour l'inauguration du Musee de l'Homme, France, L'homme, Milhaud, Darius, Museum, Performance practice
Publication Number: 3434338
ISBN: 978-1-124-41138-5
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