America at war: song composers’ settings of letters inspired by wartime

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jennifer Wright Corbell Hough (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carla LeFevre

Abstract: 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. Compositions included in this study are "A Letter from Sullivan Ballou" by John Kander, Vignettes: Letters from George to Evelyn: from the private papers of a World War II bride by Alan L. Smith, "Last Letter Home" by Lee Hoiby, and a new work written for the author by composer James Kevin Gray entitled, "Love, Jack."

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Alan L. Smith, James Kevin Gray, John Kander, Lee Hoiby, Letter settings, War letters
Kander, John. $t Letter from Sullivan Ballou
Smith, Alan Louis. $t Vignettes: letters from George to Evelyn
Hoiby, Lee. $t Last letter home
Ballou, Sullivan, $d 1829-1861 $x Musical settings $x History and criticism
Givens, Jesse, $d -2003 $x Musical settings $x History and criticism
Soldiers $z United States $x Correspondence

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