Normand Lockwood was a prolific 20th Century American composer who composed more than 500 works for many instrumental and vocal genres. The following document presents a performing edition and analysis of A Sacred Melodrama (1998), a major work written for mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra that was composed during the last decade of Lockwood's life. A brief biography and critical editorial notes are included.
Lockwood wrote A Sacred Melodrama in a neo-classical style that juxtaposes Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque inspired compositional practices with 20th Century techniques. Lockwood complemented his style by setting ancient and modern texts that include portions of Missa pro defunctis in Greek, Latin, and in English translation, with lines from Whitman's When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, among others.
Normand Lockwood is a relatively unknown 20th Century American composer. Few studies have been conducted on his works, and even fewer regarding works composed during his final decade. This document will contribute to the deserving rediscovery, study, and performance of A Sacred Melodrama and the many other exceptional works by Normand Lockwood.
|Commitee:||Bolkovac, Edward, Nott, Kenneth|
|School:||University of Hartford|
|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Choir, Gallo, Franklin James, Lockwood, Normand, Orchestra, Performing edition, Sacred Melodrama|
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