Accessibility and Authenticity in Julia Smith's Cynthia Parker

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In 1939, composer Julia Smith's first opera Cynthia Parker dramatized the story of a Texas legend. Smith manipulated music, text, and visual images to make the opera accessible for the audience in accordance with compositional and institutional practices in American opera of the 1930s. Transparent musical themes and common Native Americans stereotypes are used to define characters. Folk music is presented as diegetic, creating a sense of authenticity that places the audience into the opera's Western setting. The opera is codified for the audience using popular idioms, resulting in initial but not lasting success.

Creator(s): Buehner, Katie R.
Creation Date: December 2007
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: December 2007
  • Digitized: February 5, 2008
Description:

In 1939, composer Julia Smith's first opera Cynthia Parker dramatized the story of a Texas legend. Smith manipulated music, text, and visual images to make the opera accessible for the audience in accordance with compositional and institutional practices in American opera of the 1930s. Transparent musical themes and common Native Americans stereotypes are used to define characters. Folk music is presented as diegetic, creating a sense of authenticity that places the audience into the opera's Western setting. The opera is codified for the audience using popular idioms, resulting in initial but not lasting success.

Degree:
Level: Master's
Discipline: Musicology
Department: College of Music
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Keyword(s): Julia Smith | Cynthia Parker | opera | accessibility | authenticity
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Partner:
UNT Libraries
Collection:
UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 229446800 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc5197
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Format: Text
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Access: Public
License: Copyright
Holder: Buehner, Katie R.
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