|More than Men in Drag : gender, sexuality, and the falsetto in musical comedy of Western civilization
||"Throughout history the socially constructed concepts of gender and sexual desire have played a vital role in the inter-connectedness of human cultures. Nowhere is this more evident than in the performing and visual arts, which act as a looking glass...
|A comparative study of Brenda Ueland's autobiography ME (Brenda Ueland) to the song cycle ME (Brenda Ueland) by Libby Larsen.
||Brenda Ueland, a free-lance writer, journalist, mother, teacher and feminist, lived for nearly a century. During her life, Ueland wrote two books: If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, published in 1938, and an autob...
|The evolution of lyricism in Modest Musorgsky's compositional style as evidenced in songs and dances of death
||Musical characteristics added by Musorgsky in the second version of his Boris Godunov (1872) differed significantly from those of the original version of this opera (1869). These subsequent changes to the second version represent Mus...
|Ophelia as archetype: Jake Heggie's Songs and sonnets to Ophelia
||The character Ophelia has captured humanity's imagination for centuries. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, her role, although small, was instrumental as the title character's erstwhile girlfriend who goes mad. Ophelia remains relevant in modern culture, wheth...
|Creating the southern voice in American opera composition
||The purpose of this dissertation is to determine possible compositional trends in contemporary American operas based on Southern librettos, through an analysis of three operas: Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree (2000), based on the st...
|America at war: song composers’ settings of letters inspired by wartime
||This document addresses the settings of several letters written during wartime by American service men. The author examines how the prose affects phrase length, style of text setting, time signature and tempo markings, accompaniment, and melody. Comp...
|A guide to the performance and musical understanding of the role of Zerbinetta from Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
||The purpose of this dissertation is to provide a guide to the performance and musical understanding of the role of Zerbinetta from the 1916 version of Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos. As one of the titans of the repertoire for high soprano,...