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:Gao Weijie’s Three Love Songs: A guide for the countertenor and the Nan Dan
Author(s):Li, Yichen
Advisor(s):Silvers, Michael
Contributor(s):Davis, Ollie Watts; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Taylor, Stephen
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Gao Weijie
Three love songs
Nan Dan
Vocal music
Chinese music
Yuan Qu
Peking opera
Abstract:The countertenor voice is a male voice type which uses falsetto and has a long history in the Western music. Similarly, the Nan Dan is a similar voice type using falsetto which derived from China. Based on my experience singing as a countertenor and background in the Chinese culture, this essay is designed to compare the Nan Dan from China and the countertenor of the West, concentrating in particular on the possible influences of the countertenor and the Nan Dan in Gao Weijie’s Three Love Songs, and the influence of the countertenor in modern China.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Yichen Li
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-19

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