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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|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|
|Subjects:||Art history, Music|
|Keywords:||American, Camille Claudel, Heggie, Jake, Rodin, Auguste, Scheer, Gene, Song cycle|
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