Coherence and independence in the song cycle: A study of four song cycles by Schumann, Hoiby, Poulenc and Falla

dc.contributor.advisorAllan, Diana G.
dc.contributor.authorRocha, Suzanne M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNix, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStephen, J. Drew
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-26T23:08:52Z
dc.date.available2024-01-26T23:08:52Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.descriptionThe author has granted permission for their work to be available to the general public.
dc.description.abstractSince the conception and composition of the genre in the early 1800s, song cycles have received complete performances, partial performances comprised of either consecutive or non-consecutive songs, and performances of individuals songs removed from the context of the larger work. This study focuses on four song collections in order to examine the elements of text, harmony, and style that can either unite the songs in a cycle or give them independence from it. It examines thematic and chronological aspects of Robert Schumann's <italic>Frauenliebe und Leben</italic>, text painting and instrumentation of Lee Hoiby's <italic>The Life of the Bee</italic>, form and musical components of Francis Poulenc's <italic>La Courte Paille</italic>, and stylistic and cultural origins of Manuel de Falla's <italic>Siete Canciones Populares Españolas</italic>. Examples are given of characteristics that occur in one or more of the first three cycles--lending them to complete performances--including tonal relationships between songs, poetic connections, absence of piano interludes, brevity of individual songs, alternating tempi, consistent use of specific musical elements, and restated musical themes. In contrast, Falla's <italic>Siete Canciones</italic> is presented as an example of a collection of songs that contains some unifying factors, primarily cultural, but not enough to demand its performance as a complete song cycle. The final conclusion maintains that the coherent qualities of true song cycles are best appreciated when heard in their entirety.
dc.description.departmentMusic
dc.format.extent78 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9781267843357
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2706
dc.languageen
dc.subjectFalla
dc.subjectHoiby
dc.subjectPoulenc
dc.subjectSchumann
dc.subjectSong Cycle
dc.subject.classificationMusic
dc.subject.classificationMusic education
dc.titleCoherence and independence in the song cycle: A study of four song cycles by Schumann, Hoiby, Poulenc and Falla
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentMusic
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Music

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