Award Date

5-1-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Alfonse Anderson

Second Committee Member

Linda Lister

Third Committee Member

Tod Fitzpatrick

Fourth Committee Member

David Weiller

Fifth Committee Member

Nate Bynum

Number of Pages

99

Abstract

The term Zwischenfach has been described in a small number of papers, with the emphasis on its paradoxes and its lack of research. However, in none of these papers is there concrete evidence that the Zwischenfach should be considered a separate voice category rather than simply an “in-between” Fach. The goal of this paper is to explore the thesis that the Zwischenfach should be considered a separate and distinct Fach. Supporting evidence includes studies on tessitura, range, vowel usage, and the orchestration of roles, as examined in the arias of five characters in the operas of Wagner and Strauss. Establishing the Zwischenfach as a distinct vocal identity will lead to improved and more focused training of young Zwischenfach singers and better alignment of roles and voices in the casting process.

Keywords

Opera; Strauss; Wagner

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Music | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies

Language

English


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