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ERIC Number: EJ1019582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Looking Back at Orpheus: Opera and Cultural Integration
Simpson, Patricia Anne
International Journal of Music Education, v31 n4 p442-453 Nov 2013
The myth of Orpheus is intricately implicated in the origin of song. For centuries, myth and music have cooperated in a variety of genres, foremost among them in opera. The myth, open to reinterpretation across linguistic, national, and temporal boundaries, served as a starting point for an extracurricular opera project in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg. This article explores the goals, best practices, and outcomes of the Orpheus project, "Schau nicht zurück, Orfeo!" (Do Not Look Back, Orpheus!), that was organized around the principle of involving young adult learners in the creation and production of a work of art. The organizers also hoped to achieve a level of integration across German school systems, ethnic immigrant identities, and age groups. The result is a contemporary opera in which students contribute significantly to the artistic process of writing a libretto, composing music for choruses, and dancing in the opera's premiere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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