Title page for ETD etd-11122010-074336

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Aucoin, Amy Louise
Author's Email Address amy.aucoin@murraystate.edu, amy.aucoin@gmail.com
URN etd-11122010-074336
Title The Illumination of E. E. Cummings’ Poetry in J. A. C. Redford’s “love is the every only god”
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William Kenneth Fulton Committee Chair
Bradley Oleson Committee Member
Gregory W. Sioles Committee Member
Lori E. Bade Committee Member
Terry Patrick-Harris Committee Member
David F. Lindenfeld Dean's Representative
  • J. A. C. Redford
  • love is the every only god
  • poetry
  • E. E. Cummings
  • choral music
  • choral composer
Date of Defense 2010-10-15
Availability unrestricted
The choral work love is the every only god, composed by J. A. C. Redford, was published in 2001, placing it among the initial choral concert works published in the twenty-first century. love is the every only god is a song cycle for divisi mixed chorus with piano accompaniment based on six poems by E. E. Cummings. The work is organized into six movements with two interludes and lasts approximately twenty-five minutes.

Beyond his regard for the art of poetry and care in choosing a text, Redford sees himself as an illuminator of the text, providing the listener with a better understanding of the text itself. Redford stated in his autobiography, Welcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey, that his goal “is always to illuminate the words—as the monks of the Middle Ages illuminated their manuscripts—so that the audience better understands the poem after hearing it with my music.” This study examines the music and poetry of love is the every only god so that the features that organize, construct, and unify the work musically and poetically may be understood and may provide incite to the performers of this musical work.

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