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Musical Meaning and Human Values$
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Keith Chapin and Lawrence Kramer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230099

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230099.001.0001

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The Civilizing Process

The Civilizing Process

Music and the Aesthetics of Time-Space Relations in The Girl of the Golden West

(p.116) Chapter 6 The Civilizing Process
Musical Meaning and Human Values

Richard Leppert

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the David Belasco work, The Girl of the Golden West. This was seen on its first peformance by Giacomo Puccini in 1907, while he was on his visit to New York. Puccini was searching for his next project when he saw the play of Belasco. Belasco specialized in melodrama emphasizing naturalism. The Girl of the Golden West is about a young woman living in a mining camp mostly populated by men. The setting of Belasco's play and Puccini's opera are situated within the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their works sparked the modernist ideologies which governed the civilizing process. Lastly, the two envisioned the time–space relations.

Keywords:   David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini, Golden West, Sierra Nevada, civilizing process

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