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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

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Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts


Music Performance

First Advisor

Dr. Everett McCorvey


This project is a performance guide of Ben Moore’s (b. 1960) Ode to a Nightingale (2014), a song cycle for baritone set to the poetry of John Keats. Song cycles are an important fixture in classical voice performance, as well as academia, and there is a need to promote new works by American composers. Moore’s Ode to a Nightingale is a unique contribution to the song cycle catalog as it sets John Keats’s eight stanzas of the singular poem to eight separate songs, something that is exceedingly rare in practice. Combining analysis of Moore’s songs in Ode to a Nightingale, research of John Keats’s life and contribution to nineteenth-century English Romantic Poetry, and an extensive interview with the composer of the cycle, I offer an in-depth performance guide of the work and advocate for its inclusion into the current repertoire.

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