Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:Shrieks, screams and sighs: Constructions of gender and sexuality in William Bolcom's "Lilith"
Author(s):Clark, Evan Wayne
Advisor(s):Silvers, Michael
Contributor(s):Richtmeyer, Debra; Magee, Gayle Sherwood; Livengood, Kerrith
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):saxophone
music
Bolcom
Lilith
gender
sexuality
Abstract:This project investigates the musical constructions of gender and sexuality in Lilith (1984) for alto saxophone and piano by William Bolcom (b. 1938). The musical manifestations of the Lilith character as a female demon are explored primarily through historical analysis and feminist criticism in music. A close reading of the composition’s five distinct movements, based on this framework, ultimately presents a newly informed critical interpretation of the work. This outlook reveals how the idiomatic timbral and performative qualities of the saxophone are narratively wielded by Bolcom as vocal utterances and are used to invoke conceptions of embodiment and evocations of desire. Furthermore, an outline of performance considerations is provided as a practical guide in order for saxophonists to artistically navigate the score.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
image
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103988
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Evan Wayne Clark
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-06-03


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