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Type of Document Major Paper
Author LaGraff, Scott
Author's Email Address lagraffsp@sfasu.edu
URN etd-06052006-083140
Title The French Songs of Lee Hoiby
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lori Bade Committee Chair
David Smyth Committee Member
Patricia O'Neill Committee Member
Robert Grayson Committee Member
Yvonne Fuentes Dean's Representative
  • Marcel Osterrieth
  • Lee Hoiby
  • Arthur Rimbaud
  • chants d'exil
  • trois ooemes de Rimbaud
Date of Defense 2006-05-12
Availability unrestricted
Lee Hoiby has written almost a hundred songs, nearly all of them in English, but an interesting and growing subset of his oeuvre is settings of French texts. This document delves deeply into six of them: the sets Three French Songs (formerly Trois Poèmes de Rimbaud, 1982) and Chants d’Exil (2002). The study begins with brief biographical and stylistic synopses, including an examination of the influence of Schubert’s songs on Hoiby’s own. Subsequent chapters include discussions of the poets Arthur Rimbaud and Marcel Osterrieth, analyses of their poetry, and musical analyses of Hoiby's settings, focusing on the relationship between text and music and the composer's economical use of musical material. Additionally, an appendix provides a complete listing of Hoiby’s song output, including pieces not mentioned in earlier dissertations.
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