SMT-V: The Society for Music Theory Videocast Journal

SMT-V is the open-access, peer-reviewed video journal of the Society for Music Theory. Founded in 2014, SMT-V publishes video essays that showcase research in music theory in a dynamic, audiovisual format, presented so as to have the potential to engage both specialists within the field as well as interested viewers outside the music theory community. The journal features a supportive and collaborative production process, and publishes three to four videos per year. Read more about SMT-V here.

Latest Issue: 6.2 (February 2020)

Detour or Bridge? Contrasting Sections and Storytelling in Musical Theater

Brian Edward Jarvis (University of Texas at El Paso) and John Peterson (James Madison University)


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A standard feature of many numbers in musical theater is a highly contrasting section known as a “detour.” Detours function in dialog with the standard bridge section in various fascinating ways, as may be seen in selections from the musicals Wicked, Everyday Rapture, and Legally Blonde.

Keywords: Musical theatre, Broadway musicals, musical form, music analysis, Stephen Schwartz, Sherie Rene Scott, Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin


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