Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Chair(s)

Max F. Dalby


Irving Wasserman


Alvin Wardle


The inclusion of such a large number and variety of songs and arias in a vocal recital necessitates a separate discussion of each composer involved and his contributions to vocal literature. Accordingly, the writer has compiled this report into sections dealing with the composers. A brief biographical sketch of each composer has been given and an analysis of the music performed in the recital has been made .

The personal translations of the writer are included with each song written in a foreign language . To a singer not familiar with the language, the meaning of a piece is as important, if not more so, as the phonetics involved, and translating the songs into English from their original settings helped the writer immensely to interpret the songs effectively.

The music presented in the recital and covered in this paper encompasses nearly all periods of musical development. The repertoiry consists of art songs and arias in German, French, Italian, and English.