Type of Document Dissertation Author Gomez Rojas, Raul URN etd-04052012-145650 Title Preparing a World Premiere: A Conductor's Analysis of Ronaldo Cadeu's "Crime and Punishment: One Act Ballet" Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Department Music Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Riazuelo, Carlos Committee Chair Lilleslatten, Espen Committee Co-Chair Byo, James Committee Member Parker, Dennis Committee Member Sharky, Bruce Dean's Representative Keywords
Date of Defense 2012-04-02 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis paper is a conductor’s analysis of Ronaldo Cadeu’s recently completed orchestral score for his ballet Crime and Punishment, with a focus on its preparation for a first public performance.
The research explores preparing a piece of music for its world premiere from several angles: the musical process in the form of score study, the extra-musical process involved in the
production of the event and the culmination of both in rehearsals and performance with the
Detailed score analysis reveals that Crime and Punishment is a masterfully crafted piece
of music that successfully conveys the essence of Dostoyevsky’s text. Cadeu’s profound knowledge of the novel, intelligent adaptation of the plot and meticulous exploration of the characters, combined with his technical ability as a composer and vivid imagination, yielded a musically engaging, cohesive work with very high potential as a stage piece.
Collaboration between conductor and composer was found to be the main aspect that differentiates working on a world premiere from performing the final version of a piece that has been heard many times. The conductor’s preparation for rehearsals and performance of the work made clear that, in the absence of references such as recordings or tradition, constant interaction with the composer was a key aspect of the process.
Finally, recommendations are given for future performances of Crime and Punishment,
along with information about the future of the piece and suggested further research.
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