The process of composing 1938: An Opera
AffiliationSchool of Contemporary Music
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2016 Ashlee Clapp
In this thesis I will illuminate the process of composing music for the original music theatre work 1938: An Opera. This is a multilingual political satire based primarily on Australian historical events. I will focus on two main aspects of the work. Firstly, I will explicate the various stages of composition for songs in English. These stages include the phenomenology involved in creating musical ideas; the compositional approach; and the musical conceptualisation of dramatic narrative and development. Secondly, I will investigate the process of composing songs in languages other than English. This section will focus on songs in Cantonese and Yorta Yorta, an Australian Indigenous language. I will discuss my collaboration with translators and cultural and language mentors who helped me to overcome linguistic challenges, and increased my awareness of cultural subtleties arising from inclusion of languages I did not understand.
Keywordsmusic; composition; music theatre; process; compositional process; phenomenology; language; culture; Aboriginal
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