Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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The document will examine the four songs of the cycle, From ‘The Book of Nightmares,’ in detail and give suggestions for stylistic interpretation and performance. The written document contains four chapters: Chapter One provides biographical information and a stylistic overview of the composer Jake Heggie. Chapter Two contains biographical information and a stylistic overview for the poet Galway Kinnell. Chapter Three will provide information about the premiere and recording of From ‘The Book of Nightmares,’ as well as biographical information about soprano Lisa Delan, for whom the song cycle was written, and reviews of her recording “The Hours Begin to Sing,” which contains the premiere recording of the cycle. Chapter Four will discuss in detail the songs of the cycle, including poetic and musical interpretation from the perspective of the composer, Ms. Delan, and the author, along with a performer’s guide. A Bibliography and Appendices will be included to provide transcripts of interviews and email correspondence with the composer and Ms. Delan, and a list of works for Jake Heggie.



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Committee Chair

O'Neill, Patricia



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