Date of Defense

Fall 11-13-2010



First Advisor

Kenneth Prewitt, Music

Second Advisor

Deloris Gauthier, Music

Third Advisor

Ronald Oliver, Jr., Music


Music of the Renaissance and twentieth-century is often thought of as being at opposite ends of the spectrum. Indeed, besides our current musical era, the two are basically the bookends of undergraduate study of music history. Though far apart historically, the two eras do share common practices of emphasizing text in many vocal compositions. This practice can be seen in a variety of solo and small ensemble music, though the way the composers achieve this end differs in the two eras. The author performed several songs from both eras of music, in addition to providing translations of some of the Renaissance music.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only