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Luigi Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero": A musico-dramatic analysis of Scene IV (Italy)

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Title: Luigi Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero": A musico-dramatic analysis of Scene IV (Italy)
Author: Howard, Jessica Harrison
Degree: Master of Music thesis
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to illustrate several aspects of Dallapiccola's coherent expressionism in Il Prigioniero by focusing upon his approach to symmetrical formal structure in the drama; structural relationships in the twelve-tone sets themselves and in their usage in Scene IV; and specifically how these sets are arranged to form distinct, heirarchical tone-centers corresponding to those that characterize the tertian system. In particular, the arch-form defines the drama in Scene IV as well as the drama of the opera as a whole. Furthermore, the most fundamental level of a reductive level of analysis also suggests an A B C B A structure with regard to the primary tone centers. Dallapiccola's attention to proportion and balance within such a form illustrates a clarity of objective, upon which this study also focuses. The importance of the moral and metaphysical issues proposed in his libretto leads to a greater understanding of the composer as well as his other works.
Citation: Howard, Jessica Harrison. (1989) "Luigi Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero": A musico-dramatic analysis of Scene IV (Italy)." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13366.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13366
Date: 1989

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