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Studio Su Pasolini for Actor, Soprano and Ensemble on Texts by Pier Paolo Pasolini and James Oppenheim

Giusto, Marco (2019) Studio Su Pasolini for Actor, Soprano and Ensemble on Texts by Pier Paolo Pasolini and James Oppenheim. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This project addresses two main topics: the usage of the text and the role of voice and music, as well as the role of the composer himself in today’s world in praxis. I aim to expand on these topics through an analysis of my own work—Studio su Pasolini, based on a script by Pier Paolo Pasolini—and offer practical examples of how I applied my theoretical concepts throughout.
I present an example of how certain problematic aspects relating to music creation can create new opportunities for the composer to actively engage in current world problems, and, eventually, step out of the elite where the figure of the composer has been confined.
Given that my music avoids the hyper-technical rigidity that was developed starting in the second half of the 20th century in Central Europe, I decided to follow a more discursive and descriptive approach to the analysis of my work. This way of proceeding allows for a fluidity between my extra-musical thought and the purely musical analysis.
This analysis demonstrates how some of the theoretical precepts inform the musical realization of the work. From the role of music to micro-structural constructions, it becomes evident how both theory and praxis shaped my Studio su Pasolini.
This work opens the path to both the development of theoretical aspects (for instance, social relevance of music, the signifying relevance of the music, and the modality with which it expresses these meanings), and the development of the techniques themselves that help to inform the concepts. This is a new path for me that seeks for a greater involvement of the composer with society, opening the space for future research that follows these lines.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Giusto, Marcomag320@pitt.edimag320
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRosemblum, Mathewrosenblu@pitt.edurosenblu
Committee MemberShepard, Seanseanshep@pitt.eduseanshep
Committee MemberZahab, Rogerrzahab@pitt.edurzhab
Date: 30 January 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: April 2018
Approval Date: 30 January 2019
Submission Date: 20 November 2018
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vocal music, contemporary music, music and text, original composition, Pasolini, Oppenheim.
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 16:33
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 06:15


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