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Reflection, Analysis, and Script for "...of both worlds." - Zack Ford, May 2009

Reflection, Analysis, and Script for "...of both worlds." - Zack Ford, May 2009

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A brief analysis and reflection on my performance piece, "...of both worlds." as well as its script.
A brief analysis and reflection on my performance piece, "...of both worlds." as well as its script.

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Capstone Interpretation 1Running head: ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION OF CAPTSONEAnalysis and Interpretation of Capstone Performance:“…of both worlds.”Zachary T. FordIowa State University
 
Capstone Interpretation 2Analysis and Interpretation of Capstone Performance:“…of both worlds.”My first instinct is to say, “I prefer that my art speak for itself.” Then I realize that “…of  both worlds.” is a unique project with a specific purpose, and if I do not illuminate the intent of the design, it might never be realized or appreciated.I cannot pinpoint the exact moment the idea to do a musical performance for my finalMaster’s capstone narrative came to fruition. What I do know is that delving deep back into theworld of performing arts this last semester has been extremely revealing for me. Here I was, inIowa (which I had associated with unhappiness), and I felt connected, respected, understood, andappreciated. I had friends that valued me and the time they spent with me. In early April, I alsohad the opportunity to reconnect with some of my best friends from my undergraduate institutionthanks to the ACPA conference and my fraternity’s centennial celebration. All these experiencesresulted in one profound feeling: happiness. I was not the problem and Iowa was not the problem. My circumstances were the problem.I knew that the quintessential piece I had been missing was music. Music is how Iexpress myself. Even when I am not performing, my background in music has conditioned me torelate and be confident in unique ways. I knew that I needed to find a way to express my finalreflection in music if I ever expected those in my cohort with whom I have struggled to connectto understand where I am coming from.What I do as a piano accompanist is exactly what people have struggled to see in me. Ilift others up. I let myself go and focus on accentuating the way others express themselves. I amcommitted fully to my coperformers, including the way they feel about the music and what it
 
Capstone Interpretation 3means for them on very personal levels. This is why it made perfect sense to tell my storythrough others.I have had the rewarding experience of accompanying for the Musical Theatre 2 coursehere at Iowa State, and I asked my students to help me with my own project. Many of the songsin my piece are songs they worked on this year and I simply found ways to use them to tell mystory (including “Corner of the Sky,” “Lost in the Wilderness,” “What Did I Have That I Don’tHave,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and “Anything You Can Do”). From others, I askedthem to learn new music that I thought would utilize their talents and help tell my story (such as“Hear My Song” and “The Reckoning”). Symbolically, I think this kind of accompanist-as- performer concept shows the side of me others have not seen: truly losing myself in the work of others.One of the other choices I made in the construction of the piece was not allowingapplause between songs or scenes. I wanted the story to be told uninterrupted so that the focus isnot the performance, but the message it is communicating. I put a lot of thought into the order of the music and ways that I could create seamless transitions so that there was a consistent flowthroughout.I would like to briefly walk through the six phases of my piece and explain what I amtrying to communicate with each. I intend this commentary and analysis to merely supplementthe script, which is attached as an appendix.Phase 1 – Wow, Iowa.This phase reflects some of the experiences I discussed in my learning portfolio. Theopening music, the “Axiom” theme from the film
Wall-E 
represents my journey to a new place.

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