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American Art Song, Selected Topics (435-0-2)


Drew Edward Davies

Meeting Info

RCMA Lower Level 113: Tues, 2:00PM - 4:50PM

Overview of class

The art song literature composed in the United States since the nineteenth century and the present day is rich and pluralist. Ranging from the religious to the experimental, American art song embraces a wide range of musical styles, poetic voices, and expresses diverse aspects of American life. This graduate seminar will survey and conduct new research into American art song traditions, including African American song, with special focus on poetic language and issues of performance. It will query intersections between classical art song and popular cultures and religious practices, and attempt to define elements that differentiate American song from other traditions in English. A core repertoire of songs by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, William Grant Still, Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Samuel Barber, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Ned Rorem will be balanced by attention to lesser known and, if possible, unpublished material. The seminar meets once per week and is aimed at voice, piano, and musicology graduate students. The final project will be the option of writing an original research paper or producing an art song music video (no prior film experience needed).

Class Materials (Required)

Materials will be posted to Canvas and there will be no formal expenditures for the class.