Title page for ETD etd-11112011-102243

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kimball, Warren
Author's Email Address 4thwave4father@gmail.com
URN etd-11112011-102243
Title Ives's Seasonal Songs
Degree Master of Music (M.M.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Boutwell, Brett Committee Chair
Giger, Andreas Committee Member
McFarland, Alison Committee Member
  • realism
  • imagism
  • American music
  • twentieth-century music
  • Charles Ives
  • seasonal songs
  • songs
Date of Defense 2011-11-02
Availability unrestricted
Throughout his career, Charles Ives composed eight songs on texts that in some manner concern the yearly seasons. Unexamined by scholars to any depth, and never heretofore considered as a group, these pieces have typically been treated in tandem with Ivesís other songs about nature. Studied as a set, however, they reveal the theme of seasonal change to be an artistic topic of significant, enduring appeal to the composer. Although these pieces are stylistically diverse, examining them as a group helps us to better understand Ivesís maturation as a composer, the seasonal topic serving usefully as a constant around which we may evaluate his evolving aesthetic ideals and deepening philosophical convictions. This thesis examines the seasonal songs in chronological order, drawing upon historical, musical, and literary analysis as a means of situating them in Ivesís larger oeuvre while arguing for their value as exemplary early twentieth-century art songs in their own right.
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