"Dieu Est Au-Dessus De Nous": A Study of the Worldview of Verdi's Marquis De Posa from the Opera Don Carlos through Music, Text and Historical Context

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Title:
"Dieu Est Au-Dessus De Nous": A Study of the Worldview of Verdi's Marquis De Posa from the Opera Don Carlos through Music, Text and Historical Context
Author:
Edewards, Abram Cornelius
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Thought of as the hero of the opera at the premiere but described later as being somewhat monochromatic and uninteresting, the role of Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos has recently attracted more attention. On the one hand he is portrayed as a naive ideologue, on the other a ruthless manipulator of persons. It is my intent to show that in crafting the character of Posa, Verdi shaped the music to portray him as a righteous diplomat: diplomatic in that he speaks the musical language of the person to whom he is making his political entreaties, and righteous in that his music stands in stark contrast to that of Le Grand Inquisiteur and is more aligned with that of Une Voix d'en Haut. I put forth and defend the personal interpretation that Posa could, in fact, be a Calvinist. How this theory affects the performance of this role is demonstrated through an investigation of the dramatic impulses of the Trio of Acte III, 3me Tableau.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Don Carlos; Opera; Verdi; Music; Conducting
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Music
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Cockrell, Thomas

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.title"Dieu Est Au-Dessus De Nous": A Study of the Worldview of Verdi's Marquis De Posa from the Opera Don Carlos through Music, Text and Historical Contexten_US
dc.creatorEdewards, Abram Corneliusen
dc.contributor.authorEdewards, Abram Corneliusen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThought of as the hero of the opera at the premiere but described later as being somewhat monochromatic and uninteresting, the role of Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos has recently attracted more attention. On the one hand he is portrayed as a naive ideologue, on the other a ruthless manipulator of persons. It is my intent to show that in crafting the character of Posa, Verdi shaped the music to portray him as a righteous diplomat: diplomatic in that he speaks the musical language of the person to whom he is making his political entreaties, and righteous in that his music stands in stark contrast to that of Le Grand Inquisiteur and is more aligned with that of Une Voix d'en Haut. I put forth and defend the personal interpretation that Posa could, in fact, be a Calvinist. How this theory affects the performance of this role is demonstrated through an investigation of the dramatic impulses of the Trio of Acte III, 3me Tableau.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectDon Carlosen
dc.subjectOperaen
dc.subjectVerdien
dc.subjectMusicen
dc.subjectConductingen
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorCockrell, Thomasen
dc.contributor.committeememberCockrell, Thomasen
dc.contributor.committeememberChamberlain, Bruceen
dc.contributor.committeememberRosenblatt, Jayen
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