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Author Church, Joseph, 1957-
Title Music direction for the stage : a view from the podium / Joseph Church.
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2015]

Author Church, Joseph, 1957-
Subject Musicals -- Production and direction.
Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Music Direction for the Stage; Copyright; Contents; Foreword by Alan Menken; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The View from the Podium; part i Music Direction: A Job Description; 1. Music Direction Today and Yesterday; What a Music Director Does; Historical Survey of Music Direction; Technology and the Shrinking Orchestra; Looking to the Future; 2. Musical Stage Production; Songs, Musicals, and Opera; A (Very) Brief History of Music for the Stage; Production in the Twenty-First Century; 3. Job Opportunities for Music Directors; Broadway and Off-Broadway; National Tours.
Regional (Local), Repertory, and Stock TheaterNightclubs, Cabarets, and Concerts; Revues, Special Events, and Industrials; Academic Theaters and Events; Amateur and Community Performances and Talent Shows; Workshops and Developmental Productions; part ii Personnel; 4. The Production Team; Producers; Stage Managers; General Managers, Company Managers, House Managers, and Production Managers; 5. The Creative Team; Composers and Lyricists; Directors; Choreographers; Designers and Technicians; 6. The Music Team; Conductors, Associates, and Assistants; Contractors and Music Coordinators.
Orchestrators and CopyistsVocal and Dance Arrangers; Synthesizer Programmers; The Orchestra; 7. The Performers; Singers and Dancers; Singers and Actors; Star Performers and Nontraditional Casting; Casting Directors; part iii Preproduction; 8. Mounting a Production; Meetings and Agendas, Planning and Scheduling; Casting; Determining the Orchestration: Three Scenarios; Scenario 1: Voice and Piano, or Maybe More; Scenario 2: Small Ensembles; Scenario 3: Orchestra Reductions; 9. The Music: Assessment and Analysis; Learning and Practicing Scores; Preparing Scores for Rehearsal; Transcribing.
Practical Analysis for Music Direction10. Arranging for Music Directors; Starting an Arrangement: Approaches and Rightness; Technical Fundamentals of Arranging; Distribution, Registration, and Voicing; Dynamics and Articulation; Key; Dynamics and Articulation; Feel and Style; Tempo; Structure; Notating Arrangements; Arranging for Voices; Arranging for Movement; part iv Rehearsals 1: Singers and the Stage; 11. Overview of Rehearsal Process; 12. Individual Vocal Rehearsals; Coaching Singers; Rehearsal Process and Conduct; Background, Analysis, and Style; Key; Tempo; Vocal Technique.
Accompanying and the AccompanimentText and Singing; Acting and Singing; 13. Ensemble Vocal Rehearsals; Ensemble Rehearsal Process; Choral Techniques for the Stage; Breathing and Phrasing; Vocal Production and Technique; Intonation; Text and Diction; Acting and Characterization; Movement; Choral Conducting for the Stage; 14. Rehearsals with Directors and Choreographers; Staging and Dramatic Rehearsals; Movement and Dance Rehearsals; 15. Adapting Music to the Production; Cueing; Underscoring, Transitions, and Incidental Music; Overtures, Bows, and Exit Music.
Summary Theater music directors must draw on a remarkably broad range of musical skills. Not only do they conduct during rehearsals and performances, but they must also be adept arrangers, choral directors, vocal coaches, and accompanists. Like a record producer, the successful music director must have the flexibility to adjust as needed to a multifaceted job description, one which changes with each production and often with each performer. In Music Direction for the Stage, veteran music director and instructor Joseph Church demystifies the job in a book that offers aspiring and practicing music direc.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780199993420 (electronic bk.)
0199993424 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 897379048
Additional Format Print version: Church, Joseph, 1957- Music direction for the stage 9780199993406 (DLC) 2014017176 (OCoLC)879642275

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