Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Serenade to Music,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams: The soloists
by Dokko, Brian Hyun, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 39; 1490375
Abstract (Summary)

Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music was written for conductor Sir Henry Wood's Golden Jubilee. Vaughan Williams scored Serenade to Music for orchestra and sixteen specific soloists, and meticulously suited the vocal parts to each singer's unique voice and style. In light of Vaughan Williams' deliberate accommodations for each singer, a performer today must weigh similar considerations. This report seeks to explore and identify characteristics of the original singers and their respective performances, with the purpose of equipping a conductor and soloists to effect an authoritative interpretation.

Examinations of the score, the original recording from 1938, and written commentaries provide the material for analysis, yielding an understanding of timbre, vocal style, tessitura, and musical syntax. While there is more than one way to interpret Serenade to Music, the goal is to present one expository analysis, while simultaneously providing a flexibility that allows for unique interpretations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1490375
ISBN: 978-1-124-54845-6
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