Date of Award

1972

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Max F. Dalby

Abstract

Among the unique contributions made by Benjamin Britten to music literature are his Lehstuecke, or teaching plays, The Little Sweep and Noye's Fludde. Written in a style that has wide appeal for people of all ages, these opera-like forms have as their aim the fostering of enjoyment of music through participation and involvement in the performance.

This report deals with Noye's Fludde, its place in music history and in the music of Britten. Also discussed are the formal organization of the music and an analysis of the sections. The analysis includes the elements of text, melody, harmony, structure, orchestration, and coloristic devices employed by Britten.

It is the hope of the candidate that his brief summary and analysis will show the importance of Noye's Fludde in music history and choral music of the twentieth century.

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