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Идеята Музикален театър в България (ситуиране на проблема)
The Concept Musical Theater in Bulgaria (Situating of the Problem)

Author(s): Rumyana Karakostova
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The concept musical theater unlike the summary genre category musical theater (which includes: opera, ballet, operetta, musicals and their modern alternatives) appeared in Bulgaria in 1948 – as an alternative to the operetta theater, and it already has a 60 year old history. Its conceptual meaning is projected in two parallel research options with contradictory but mutually illuminating fields: one recognizes the field musical theater as a name and concept of a state institution (State Music Theater) with regulatory socioaesthetical functions; the other presents the idea musical theater as popular-stage art, stylistically diverse (but not necessarily operetta or musical!), with an universal comedy-theatrical aesthetics successfully adapted in the media landscape of totalitarian, post-totalitarian and our posttotalitarian cultural landscape for the period 1948-2008. The present text traces back the dynamics of the processes in both listed options with the intention to construct an initial overview of the profiled problem area.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 176-185
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian