Date of Award
Jack Sheinbaum, Ph.D.
Although Ralph Vaughan Williams has remained an influential and well-liked composer throughout most decades since his death, the amount and specificity of scholarly writing about his work has been meager, and only during recent decades has it increased. One reason that Vaughan Williams has consistently been ignored is his use of "Romantic" harmonies during the twentieth century. This style complicates periodization of his work. By exploring other facets of his work and using alternative methods -- such as studies of the music's relationship to sociocultural movements, English music history, and history of genre -- for understanding his music, a greater comprehension of Vaughan Williams's work can be created. Such methods are applied to Five Mystical Songs (1911).
Brock, Marilyn L., "Interrogating Music-Historical Narratives through Ralph Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 89.
Received from ProQuest
Marilyn L. Brock