Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A choral conductor's guide to Alexander Borodin's “Polovetsian Dances”
by Artemova, Olga, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 61; 1490363
Abstract (Summary)

This project report serves as a choral conductor's guide to Alexander Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" from Act II of the opera Prince Igor. It focuses on Russian diction, rehearsal technique, and performance of the work allowing for authentic performance practice. Using academic research coupled with teaching experience, the author identifies problems choirs might encounter in the course of learning and proposes various teaching methods in order to resolve these issues. This paper offers, for the first time, a correct transliteration of the "Polovetsian Dances" using the International Phonetic Alphabet and an authentic Russian translation. It offers ideas about how to successfully conduct or prepare this masterpiece. This examination of the work will allow choral conductors to effectively prepare their ensembles for a successful, informed, and musically rewarding performance of the "Polovetsian Dances."

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Slavic literature, Music
Publication Number: 1490363
ISBN: 978-1-124-54823-4
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