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Kyle Gann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252035494

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252035494.001.0001

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I’m Not the Same Person That I Used to Be

I’m Not the Same Person That I Used to Be

Perfect Lives

(p.57) 5 I’m Not the Same Person That I Used to Be
Robert Ashley

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is an in-depth analysis of Perfect Lives, which, for many listeners, remains Ashley's best-known and most emblematic work. It begins with a brief general introduction into the plots and score of Ashley's operas, before setting forth an episode-by-episode breakdown of Perfect Lives: “The Park (Privacy Rules),” “The Supermarket (Famous People),” “The Bank (Victimless Crime),” “The Bar (Differences),” “The Living Room (The Solutions),” “The Church (After the Fact),” and “The Backyard (T' Be Continued).” The chapter also discusses the spin-off piece, Music Word Fire and I Would Do It Again (Coo Coo), released in 1981 and featured in a one-episode pilot for the video of Perfect Lives.

Keywords:   Perfect Lives, television, Music Word Fire, texts, dialogues, scores, U.S. Midwest, operas

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