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The Probe on the Histrionic Essence and Particularity about ’Cat’ of Melodrama

Author MaZuoZuo
Tutor TaoXin
School Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Course Application of music and media
Keywords Musical histrionic
CLC J833
Type Master's thesis
Year 2009
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Musical Cat is one of the four sutra that adapted from the long group poem of English poet Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Melodrama got audience’s good comments since it interprets and attracts the sight of world. But also drew the oppugn to its histrionic due to vague of its story clew. The thesis built on the analysis of cautel and particularity according to Cat that made by the Wonderful Company in 1998.Cat follows the normal principia of tradition in both shaping part and drama spreading. On the other hand, it is one specially musical that not only the particular content of subject matter but also existing big difference with traditional melodrama in behaving form and depiction way. Cat has an important paragraph that refer to the cat has three names, which has hinted Cat probably hiding the unknown third lay under surface layer.Cat is composed of exordium and four chapters. Chapter one starts from original poem and discuss the indicting connotation; Chapter two mainly make Cat clear of relationship of between the completed part and among part. Also states particularly of shaping ways of these parts. The third chapter analyses the perfoliate music theme of the whole melodrama, then combine these theme application expose the hind conflict and suspense of the melodrama form three lays to observe and analyze the act clue of this melodrama; Chapter four exhibits the whole rhythm in change curve and specially rhythm of Cat through rhythm analysis and it also demonstrates the substance of in the arrangement of drama structure of Cat.To sum up, the conclusion has shown that Cat is a melodrama that has an especial manifest form and histrionic melodrama very strongly.

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