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dc.contributor.advisorBlickhan, Timen_US
dc.contributor.authorBrubaker, Gary E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-08T15:11:39Z
dc.date.available2018-08-08T15:11:39Z
dc.date.issued1985
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/18198
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the themes and thematic material which Steve Sondheim used in Merrily We Roll Along and any interrelationships of the thematic material which would contribute to musical unity within the show. This thesis topic was chosen in an attempt to provide evidence that, melodically, Sondheim approaches a musical theater score as a single large work rather than as a collection of individual songs. This score was analyzed by identifying all of the primary melodic ideas. These melodic ideas, or themes, were then compared and their usage within the score was studied. From this, three major procedures of thematic unification were identified. First, melodic continuity is supported through the restatement of themes throughout the show. Second, unity is supported by similarities of motives within some of the themes. Third, unity is supported through the use of themes and thematic rhythms as accompaniment material.en_US
dc.format.extent[41] pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSondheim, Stephen. Merrily we roll alongen_US
dc.titleThematic unity in Steven [sic] Sondheim's Merrily we roll alongen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Musicen_US
dc.description.degreeM. Mus. (Master of Music)en_US


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