Award Date

December 2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Alfonse Anderson

Second Committee Member

Linda Lister

Third Committee Member

Tod Fitzpatrick

Fourth Committee Member

David Weiller

Fifth Committee Member

Nate Bynum

Number of Pages

55

Abstract

Twentieth and twenty-first century compositions are growing in popularity amongst scholars of music. Along with this budding interest comes a plethora of composers, many of whom are women. While not a discussion on feminism in the modern age, this document will concentrate on one female composer. Drawing from the historical significance of the poet and the compositional history of Four Sonnets by Pablo Neruda set 1 and Four Sonnets by Pablo Neruda set 2 by Dr. Judith Cloud, my goal is to make these two song cycles more accessible to sopranos, as well as to those wanting to expand their knowledge of twenty-first century female composers and their compositions in order to provide a performer’s perspective. Through the study of the poet, poetry, composer and composition, all information provides and leads to a better understanding of the song sets.

Keywords

female composers; Judith Cloud; Pablo Neruda; performer's perspective; Sheronda McKee; soprano

Disciplines

Education | Music

Language

English


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