Advisor

Malde, Melissa

Committee Member

Peercy, Norman L.

Committee Member

Luedloff, Brian Clay

Committee Member

Ehle, Robert C.

Department

Music

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-1-2011

Genre

Thesis

Extent

277 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

In his eight song cycles for soprano, American composer Richard Pearson Thomas offers soprano recitalists, their teachers and audiences a diverse palette of fresh, accessible repertoire. Mr. Thomas writes very idiomatically for both the voice and the piano, due in large part to the fact that he is an accomplished pianist who often collaborates with singers. Three of his cycles also include stringed-instruments: violin, viola and cello. Thomas' songs range from dark and dramatic to light and whimsical in nature; they also vary in musical complexity and technical difficulty. While some of the songs are appropriate for younger students, others, especially the chamber music cycles, are better suited for advanced performers. This dissertation explores the following cycles: A Little Nonsense, At last, to be identified!, Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Three Kisses, Race for the Sky, A Wicked Girl, Spring Rain and Twilight. These cycles include settings of poetry by Edward Lear, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sara Teasdale, Sylvia Plath, Hilary North, Alicia Vasquez and Christina Rossetti. It includes a biography of the composer, a thorough musical analysis of each cycle, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, transcriptions of two interviews with the composer and one interview with Lisa Radakovich Holsberg, a soprano who commissioned and premiered Race for the Sky, a complete list of works to date and a brief guide for performers, teachers and coaches in selecting repertoire from these cycles.

Degree type

DA

Degree Name

Doctoral

People

Holdsberg, Lisa Radakovich

People

Thomas, Richard Pearson, 1957-

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Bateman_unco_0161D_10109

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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