Title page for ETD etd-0407103-164824

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Schuesselin, John Christopher
URN etd-0407103-164824
Title The Use of the Cornet in the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James West Committee Co-Chair
Joseph Skillen Committee Co-Chair
Larry Campbell Committee Member
William Grimes Committee Member
Ruth Bowman Dean's Representative
  • cornet
  • operetta
  • Sullivan
Date of Defense 2003-03-03
Availability unrestricted
In this project the cornet parts in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are examined. First the cornet parts of Gilbert and Sullivan are compared to another composer of operetta, Jacques Offenbach, as well as a composer of opera, Giacomo Puccini. Next, the most important passages for cornet from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan are selected. They are grouped into three main categories: fanfare passages, section passages, and soloistic passages. Following each example are comments regarding context (what is taking place on stage and text) as well as performance suggestions (details concerning balance, phrasing, and orchestration). Appendix A contains plot synopses of the different operettas as well as historical information. There is also an index of the excerpts, divided into the three categories, arranged by operetta. Appendix B contains a hierarchical ranking of the top ten excerpts of each category. This document serves as an aid in the learning of the cornet parts in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

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