Music as a Woven Narrative to an Absurd Tale in Act One of The Metamorphosis Page: I
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Poovey, Christopher A. Music as a Woven Narrative to an Absurd Tale in Act One of 'The
Metamorphosis. "Master of Arts (Music), May 2018, 87 pp., 30 figures, bibliography, 4 titles.
Act one of The Metamorphosis is based on the novella by Franza Kafka of the same title. In the
writing of the act, George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill and Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things
Are provide a model of using musical material as a storytelling device. Benjamin emphasizes the
parallel nature of Crimp's text through the manipulation of similar music between the acts. Knussen
uses form and color to emphasize Max's childlike energy and his desire to return home. In act one
of The Metamorphosis these approaches are combined to enhance Kafka's absurd narrative through a
rapid collage of texture and form that is influenced by both events and characters in the opera.
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Poovey, Christopher A. Music as a Woven Narrative to an Absurd Tale in Act One of The Metamorphosis, thesis, May 2018; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157611/m1/2/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .