Making a Medley: Genre and Form in Music Arranged for Figure Skating Programs Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Orita, Helen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
  • Whether it be the abbreviated version of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo on an episode of Dancing With The Stars or when Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is played in television commercials, music arranged to meet externally-imposed time constraints and narratives challenges extant understandings of genre and musical form. While pervasive in popular culture, analysis of such multimedia products does not address how this music is arranged with respect to source materials. Taking figure skating music as a case study, this thesis analyzes the relationship between musical form, musical narrative, skating narrative, and genre. For three distinct musical genres used in ice skating—popular music medleys, abridged film scores, and condensed classical works—this thesis analyzes the treatment of musical form, revealing distinct genre-specific models and explaining the traditions and fan reception that have given rise to these different treatments of form within a common context.
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  • Figueroa, Michael
  • Pierson, Marcelle
  • Neal, Jocelyn
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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