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Subject/Keyword
film score
Rachel Portman
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Maltby, Sylvia
Supervisor and department
Gier, Christina (Music)
Examining committee member and department
Hoyt-Scott, Janet (Music)
Meagher, Michelle (Women's Studies)
Department
Department of Music
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-09-27T15:59:13Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Rachel Portman is a successful female film score composer known for her rich orchestral scores, many for films that can be classified as women's films. Portman has collaborated on several films with the Chinese-American film director Wayne Wang who in many of his films has explored the issues of ethnicity, identity and family relationships, particularly Chinese-American identity and the reconciliation of the traditions of the old homeland with the culture of the new-found home in America. The most well known of these films is The Joy Luck Club (1993), based on the novel of the same name written by Amy Tan in 1989. I have examined the means by which Portman's score has reinforced Wang's narrative in the use and juxtaposition of traditional Chinese music with modern American musical styles, as well as examining the women's film genre, its musical codification and Portman's style of composition.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3X91Q
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License granted by Sylvia Maltby (sylviamaltby@gmail.com) on 2011-09-26T16:26:17Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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