Songs to the moon: a song cycle by Jake Heggie from poems by Vachel Lindsay

by Redman, Carolyn E.

Abstract (Summary)
The song cycle entitled Songs to the Moon, written by composer Jake Heggie, contains the texts of eight poems by the late American poet, Vachel Lindsay. The piece was composed for American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, who premiered the work with pianist Martin Katz at the Ravinia Festival on August 20, 1998. It is a wonderful piece of music, worthy of in-depth musical study and continued performances. This study is intended to serve as a resource guide for vocal coaches and singers preparing to perform the piece. It should also be a helpful reference for scholars interested in learning more about the life and vocal works of Jake Heggie. Chapter one contains basic biographical information on Jake Heggie, while the second chapter discusses the general style of his art songs and those who have influenced his musical compositions. Chapter three focuses on poet Vachel Lindsay, and provides interesting insight into his life and writings. Chapter Four includes biographical information about the artists who premiered Songs to the Moon, as well as details about the creation of the song cycle, the premiere performance, and the resulting critical reception. The fifth chapter provides an analysis of both the poetry and music, while chapter six includes a discussion of the unifying aspects of the cycle. The final chapter contains performance suggestions gleaned from coaching sessions with Mr. Heggie and Mr. Katz, as well as e-mail correspondences with Ms. von Stade. The appendix includes brief biographical information on Heggie’s most influential teachers, a summary of his song style, a list of his vocal compositions, and a discography of his works to date.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:heggie jake lindsay vachel songs to the moon vocal works


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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