• Musical Structure, Narrative, and Gender in Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé

    Author(s):
    Russell Millard (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Music and Sound
    Subject(s):
    Ballet, French music, Music analysis, Musicology, Narrative theory
    Item Type:
    Thesis
    Institution:
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    Tag(s):
    Daphnis & Chloe, Maurice Ravel, Musical narrative, Music and gender, Schenkerian analysis
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DP2H
    Abstract:
    This thesis seeks to contribute towards the emerging discourse in Ravel studies concerning gender, as well as adding to the ongoing work in musical narratology, especially as regards ballet, to which very little narratological attention has been given. Employing a combination of narratological and Schenkerian analysis, this thesis argues that there are significant moments of divergence between the gendered narratives outlined by the libretto and the music in Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé. The work is examined as an example of transvaluation, in which the musical score is understood to call into question the gendered cultural values inscribed in the libretto.
    Notes:
    Five scenes from the ballet are considered in detail. The readings proposed by these analyses suggest an emergent function for the music in Daphnis et Chloé, acting as a counter-discourse to the doxical narrative outlined by the libretto.
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