Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - 1,642 words
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An Introduction To The Rite Of Spring By Igor Stravinsky - 1,752 words
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The Logistics Of A Lesson - 1,195 words
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Greek Theatre - 887 words
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Haydn And Eszterhaza - 1,059 words
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Aushwitz - 1,346 words
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Black Humor - 1,842 words
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Equaality - 1,288 words
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Influence Of Ancient Greek Times - 1,266 words
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Marian Anderson - 542 words
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The Importance Of Sound - 1,073 words
Theater is an extremely involved and complex production. It encompasses play writing, directing, acting, costume, makeup, scenery, lighting properties, theater architecture, machinery, special effects, management, audiences, and criticism (Brockett-b xi). What this statement fails to include is the element of sound design as a major theatrical consideration. The aspect of sound in the past and present entails so many technical aspects, that it must not be over-looked in any production. This is reinforced by analyzing the need for music and sound, how these where used in the past, and finally what to consider for modern sound design. Music and sound is essential for enhancing any production. ...
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