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Title:A study of Britten's unaccompanied choral cycles: A Boy Was Born (1933), A.M.D.G. (1939), The Five Flower Songs (1951), Sacred and Profane (1975)
Author(s):Stirling, Christian Damon
Director of Research:Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Alwes, Chester L.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Robinson, Dana; Tharp, Reynold; Wagstaff, John
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:One of the most prolific composers of vocal music in the twentieth century, Benjamin Britten, emancipated British choral music from the grip of nineteenth century traditions. This study focuses on the four unaccompanied choral cycles, A Boy Was Born, A.M.D.G., The Five Flower Songs and Sacred and Profane, and examines Britten’s contribution to the partsong genre. A Boy Was Born, written when Britten was only nineteen, was a blueprint for other choral works that he would write throughout his lifetime and arguably the most accomplished unaccompanied choral work that he ever composed. Through a thorough analysis of each of the cycles I identify the consistencies of Britten’s compositional approach, his unique treatment of the text and consider how these pieces connect to each other within their own collections.
Issue Date:2015-04-20
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Christian Stirling
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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