The Operatic Stothart

Leitmotifs and Tonal Organization in Two Versions of Rose Marie


  • Ronald Rodman Carleton College



Herbert Stothart, MGM, Rose-Marie, Rudolph Friml


This is a study of the leitmotifs and tonal organization in two versions of the musical Rose Marie: the original stage version by Herbert Stothart and Rudolph Friml from 1924 and MGM's film version (under the sole direction of Stothart) from 1936.

Author Biography

Ronald Rodman, Carleton College

RONALD RODMAN is Professor of Music and Director of the Carleton Symphony Band. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory from Indiana University in 1992. His research interests include analysis of music in the electronic media, post-tonal theory in the 20th century, Schenkerian analysis, musical signification, music theory pedagogy, and wind band music history. He serves as a consultant for the AP Music Theory program through the College Board. He has published articles for the Journal of Music Theory, College Music Symposium, and Indiana Theory Review, and has contributed chapters to several books on music and film. His recent work 'Tuning In: American Narrative Television Music', was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.


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How to Cite

Rodman, R. (2012). The Operatic Stothart: Leitmotifs and Tonal Organization in Two Versions of Rose Marie. Journal of Film Music, 4(1), 5–19.