This vocal recital paper will examine songs about relationships. It will focus on songs that feature various kinds of relationships, from romantic relationships that are either reciprocated or one-sided to the relationship between man and nature. The kinds of relationships featured are complex and require an examination of various other factors for each song to uncover the true nature of the relationship that is sung about. The repertoire represented in this paper was carefully and specifically chosen to represent my technical abilities, strengths, and stamina as the performer. These pieces represent an understanding of repertoire that spans several centuries of Western musical history. The composers I have studied are George Handel (1685-1759), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Charles Gounod (1818-1893), Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), and Amy Beach (1867-1944). I wrote about each of these pieces in detail, with each focus varying from piece to piece as is dictated by the nature of the groupings.
Dr. Virginia Lamothe, Ph.D
Ted Wylie, D.M
Music, School of
Music and Performing Arts, College of
Master of Music (MM)
Collier, Margaret Anna, "Love Is Complicated: Examining Songs of Love Lost and Won for Soprano Voice" (2022). Recital Papers. 32.