Title page for ETD etd-11142011-104614

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Preston, Ebony Darshay
Author's Email Address ebonypreston@yahoo.com
URN etd-11142011-104614
Title A Performer's Guide to Gwyneth Walker's Setting of Poetry by Lucille Clifton- "No Ordinary Woman!" and "Three Songs for Lucille
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Neill, Patricia Committee Chair
Bade, Lori Committee Member
McFarland, Alison Committee Member
Sims, Winnie Loraine Committee Member
Pierce, Sarah Dean's Representative
  • Gwyneth Walker
Date of Defense 2011-10-26
Availability unrestricted
No Ordinary Woman! is atypical of Walkerís style in that the composer employs jazz elements as the building blocks for this composition. From ballads to scat singing, each song is representative of a different style of jazz. The cycle, consisting of five songs, explores the poetís journey of contemplation regarding various aspects of her life, predominantly her physical appearance. In No Ordinary Woman! and Three Songs for Lucille, the poet reflects on and ultimately celebrates her physical appearance.

This document contains information about the lives and works of composer Gwyneth Walker and poet Lucille Clifton, the commissions, premieres, compositional processes, and comments regarding performance issues are included. A discussion of each poem and performance suggestions for each song in No Ordinary Woman! and Three Songs for Lucille is provided. Appendices include a discography of recordings currently available, a current listing of song cycles in the composerís catalogue, and a list of current publishers of the composerís songs.

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