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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

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Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



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Dr. Jefferson Johnson


Music written for and performed by tenors and basses has permeated vocal expressions since medieval chant. The history of male choral singing is as lengthy and storied as the history of all choral singing. However, the current canon of programming for this type of ensemble reveals a significant gap in historical tradition and presentation.

This research delves into the historical, cultural, and artistic milieu that influenced the development of tenor/bass choral music throughout this time period. Utilizing primary sources, as well as a rich body of secondary literature, the study employs a comparative analytical approach to dissect the musical styles, thematic choices, and performance practices evident in the works of Claudio Monteverdi, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Isabella Leonarda, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

This dissertation aims to accomplish four large-scale goals : 1. To demonstrate that the performance of male choral music from this period is virtually nonexistent; 2. To offer a biographical overview of significant composers who wrote for this voicing during this period; 3. To discuss issues related to historical performance practice 4. To present an in-depth analysis of six selections from this repertory, including the presentation of new performing editions of three of these works.

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