Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Remembering Her Passionate Voice: A Performer's Guide to Jake Heggie's "Camille Claudel: Into the Fire"
by Alford, Erin Alexandra, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 126; 10264089
Abstract (Summary)

American composer Jake Heggie wrote Camille Claudel: Into the Fire in 2012 for the Alexander String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. As Heggie is known for his operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, and most recently, Great Scott, it is not surprising that his seven-song cycle about this passionate female French sculptor is of operatic dramaturgical and musical quality. Due to the complexities and bias that surround Claudel’s life story, and the relative novelty of Heggie’s music within the art song genre, there is a lack of literature regarding the presentation of an authentic performance of this cycle. This project report concentrates on providing the singer with an interpretive framework based on how Heggie’s musical influences and tendencies, along with Gene Scheer’s historical, first person narrative, reflect Claudel’s life, work, and fiery personality. Through a deeper understanding of Heggie’s music in correspondence with Scheer’s poetry, a singer can effectively embody the unparalleled passion, artistry, and voice of Camille Claudel.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anglin, David
Commitee: Matsumoto, Shigemi, Simeonov, Simeon
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Art history, Music
Keywords: American, Camille Claudel, Heggie, Jake, Rodin, Auguste, Scheer, Gene, Song cycle
Publication Number: 10264089
ISBN: 9781369828481
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