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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Throughout the course of musical history, a multitude of works for solo voice with instrumental accompaniment has been written. Works with only keyboard accompaniment dominate the literature. Works with other than keyboard accompaniment, but not full orchestral accompaniment, occupy a much smaller but still important place in the literature. There is a relative lack of chamber music for solo voice and instruments particularly from the Classical and Romantic periods. However, composing for the human voice has caught the attention of many twentieth-century composers. The contemporary composer, in his search for new textures and timbres, has increasingly written for the voice in combination with other instruments. The main body of this report is chapter III, an annotated listing of the literature, which contains almost four hundred published titles representing more than three hundred composers. The works are categorized by voice type, i.e., soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass, medium voice, and miscellaneous. Pieces are listed alphabetically by composer within each category. Information about each work includes: the composer and his dates; the title of the work and date of composition; the source or author of the text; the publisher, place of publication, and catalog number; the voice type and instrumental parts; the vocal range; the language; the duration; and occasional comments. Chapter II contains information on vocal literature and musical practices in the twentieth century, particularly chamber music for solo voice and instruments. A summary, conclusions, and recommendations are contained in chapter IV.