• Aspects of Otherness in John Adams’s Nixon in China

    Author(s):
    Sean Atkinson (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    China, Musicology, Music theory, Opera
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6X34MR49
    Abstract:
    This article explores the relationship between the music of John Adams’s Nixon in China and the action taking place on stage. At many points throughout the opera, these forces are at odds, creating dramatic moments that often heighten the previously established sense of sarcasm and reverse the expected narrative roles of the characters. This is achieved by manipulating the Other in a unique manner as to not directly reference Chinese music, but rather juxtapose culturally neutral music with easily recognizable Western topics and genres.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
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