Music as Performance: Living in the Immaterial World

  title={Music as Performance: Living in the Immaterial World},
  author={P. Auslander},
  journal={Theatre Survey},
  • P. Auslander
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Theatre Survey
  • As a performance scholar and music lover, I find it strange that the fields of theatre and performance studies historically have been reluctant to engage with musical performance. Even as theatrical a musical form as opera is generally excluded from the history of theatre, on the grounds that “the predominant force in opera was the music rather than the words,” as Vera Mowry Roberts, my theatre history professor, puts the case. 1 Roberts points to the nonliterary character of music as the… CONTINUE READING
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