Master of Music
Prufrock is a musical dramatization of T.S. Eliot’s, The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock for solo baritone and electronics; a full performance of the work should take approximately forty (40) minutes.
The work uses text from both Eliot’s original publication and a section removed from the text called Prufrock’s Pervigilium—first published in Christopher Ricks’s Inventions of the March Hare—and superimposes a narrative onto Eliot’s monologue of a man whose internal experience differs wildly from reality. As such Prufrock emphasizes the psychodramatic elements of the original text, reflecting them through the use of “auditory illusions” (particularly those described by Diana Deutscher and Roger Shepard).
Summary for Lay Audience
Prufrock is an operatic work for solo, low, male voice and electronics. The work takes T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock as its text and superimposes a narrative of a man whose internal experience is wildly different from reality; the piece mixes elements from Eliot’s original poem and a section removed from the poem which was later published by Christopher Ricks.
Prufrock emphasizes the internal experience expressed in Eliot’s poem musically by exploiting cognitive and auditory quirks that aim to make listening experiences highly individualistic.
Gardner, Daniel, "Prufrock: a Monodrama for Baritone and Electronics" (2019). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 6713.
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