Elements of Musical Theater Lyrics
A theater lyric is a compact pattern of words that when set to music communicates information vital to the dramatic life of a show.
“Lyrics put language to the task of expressing thoughts and emotions through the denotative and connotative meanings of words, patterns of literary development and form.”
An explicit factual definition found in the dictionary. Marks out boundaries and specific limitations. A more emotional meaning that comes from personal experience. Conveys association and overtones Denotative vs. Connotative Meaning Good lyricists use both types of meaning
Types of Songs • Ballad – love songs. How to say I love you, without actually saying it. • Charm Song- gives a vision of a world where every thing turns out well in the end. • Comedy Song – turns the frustrations of life into laughter • Musical Scene- all dramatic action is set to music. • “I am” Song • “I want” Song