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This subject is a practical and theoretical exploration of the development of the modern musical from its beginnings in opera and operetta through to the end of what is commonly termed ‘The Golden Age’. A weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class will explore the music of the period, focusing on the stylistic traits of ‘legit’ singing in music theatre. A one-hour lecture will consider major shows of the period, analysing their cultural context and performance style and examine the emergence and development of the ‘book musical’ with its integration of libretto, song and dance. Other lectures will explore vocal pedagogy, safe voice usage and develop critical listening skills. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should:
Be developing enhanced research skills into artistic works and practices and the capacity to present these in essay form
- have developed an appreciation of the Golden Age of the Broadway musical and its artistic and cultural context and significance
- have developed a better understanding of safe and unsafe vocal practices in both singing and speech
- have developed skills in critical listening
- be able to identify stylistic traits of ‘legit’ musical theatre singing
- Have developed an embodied understanding of the stylistic traits of ‘legit’ singing in application to song
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Exhibit knowledge of major writers and composers of music theatre of the ‘Golden Age’ and principle works of the era.
- Demonstrate skills in large ensemble singing, including part-singing, harmonies and blend.
- Demonstrate understanding of principles of safe voice usage
- Perform selected repertoire to concert standard
- Participate with ability and self-confidence as a team member of a performing group
Last updated: 25 January 2020