Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. David Sheldon

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Zegree

Third Advisor

Dr. Ramon Zupko

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The compositional use of Guillaume de Machaut's rondeau Rose, liz, printemps (Rose, lily, spring) is intended to be a modern reflection of the social, religious, and political trends of fourteenth century Europe.

While the thirteenth century witnessed the perfecting of a universal philosophy that reconciled revelation and reason, the divine and the human, the religious and the political in one unbroken and harmonious order of thought, the fourteenth century perceived each arena of thought as independent in itself and not subject to the others.

Similarly, through isolation and independent use of Machaut's melodic and rhythmic motives in composition for chamber orchestra, I have represented the disjunct characteristics of life in Europe at the time Rose, liz, printemps was composed.

The late medieval and early Renaissance composer's propensity toward concealed meaning, capriciousness, and sometimes perverse obscurity of musical thought, further parallels my treatment of the model.

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