Type of Document Dissertation Author Smith, William Clay Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-08272009-000441 Title Drum Taps: A Performance Guide to the Song Cycle by Richard Pearson Thomas Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Department Music Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Grayson, Robert Committee Chair O'Neill, Patricia Committee Member Peck, Robert Committee Member Sims, Loraine Committee Member McKnight, Michelynn Dean's Representative Keywords
- Richard Pearson Thomas
- Drum Taps
- Walt Whitman
Date of Defense 2009-04-23 Availability unrestricted AbstractSmith, William Clay, B.A., Campbellsville University, 2000
Master of Arts in Music, Campbellsville University, 2001
Doctor of Musical Arts, Fall Commencement, 2009
Drum Taps: A Performance Guide to the Song Cycle by Richard Pearson Thomas
Written Document directed by Kirkpatrick Professor of Voice Robert Grayson
Pages in written document, 147. Words in abstract, 120.
Composer Richard Pearson Thomas has gained recognition from his art song “I Never Saw a Moor” and his participation in the AIDS Quilt Songbook, but his song cycle Drum Taps has often been overlooked. This document examines the baritone song cycle which was completed in 1990. The study begins with biographical synopses of the composer and the poet, Walt Whitman, as well as brief information about the poetry from which Drum Taps is drawn. Subsequent chapters focus on the five songs of the cycle, studying each song’s text, sound, harmony, melody, rhythm, growth throughout the piece, and performance practice. The information is presented as an aid to preparing and performing the work. Additionally, an appendix presents the composer’s complete works.
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