Tears of Glass : a fin de siecle soap opera in three acts or a musical idea in process

Svendsen, Mark (2003) Tears of Glass : a fin de siecle soap opera in three acts or a musical idea in process. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This work takes as its central "conceit" a specific cultural site, namely a small town choir-- The Emu Park and District Amateur Choral Society Inc., which operates in Central Queensland, circa 1965. A discontinuous narrative of interconnected short stories of one chapter each, highlight significant and often highly traumatic aspects of the interconnected lives of selected choir members. The narrative lampoons the English choral tradition against the setting of a society which does not deal with the political and social negativities of Queensland in the sixties. It is a culture in denial. The comedy deals with the often banal, though always good natured, behaviours of the choir members in dealing with often black-edged lives. An Overture introduces all characters, while Acts I, II & III deal with individual's stories. The Finale deals with the outcome of rehearsals in a culminating performance of the Emu Park and District Amateur Choral Society Incorporated. The short stories, one to a chapter, concern individual choir member's life stories and form discreet, fully finished pieces of work in their own right. Background action throughout the stories involves a series of rehearsals which structurally tie all the narratives to the final chapter. Lyrics of popular songs of the 1900's through to early 1960's are mentioned within the text. For copyright reasons the texts are not reproduced in full. However, these lyrics do comment tangentially on some aspect of the character's story.

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ID Code: 15818
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Pearce, Sharyn
Keywords: Fiction, Regional Queensland fiction, Emu Park, Central Queensland, Choral societies, Singers and singing, Leprosy, Racial and religious harmony, Queensland sheep and cattle properties
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:39

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