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A Shropshire Lad in British music since 1940: decline and renewal

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dc.contributor.advisor Gregory, E.D. (Prof.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Geldenhuys, Daniel Gerhardus, 1948- en Whittingham, Kevin Robert en 2009-08-25T11:02:12Z 2009-08-25T11:02:12Z 2009-08-25T11:02:12Z 2008-01-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Whittingham, Kevin Robert (2009) A Shropshire Lad in British music since 1940: decline and renewal, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis surveys all the found British settings of A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad (1896) but concentrates on the period after 1940, which, the author believes, has not previously received critical attention. A new study is timely especially because of a renewed interest among composers in the poet's highly influential lyric collection. The author found about 110 British composers with about 340 settings of individual poems not listed in previous Shropshire Lad catalogues. This number adds more than fifty per cent to the known repertoire. The search was not restricted to art song; it found, in addition, multi-voice settings, settings in popular styles and non-vocal music. Largely because of the work of broadly trained musicians, there is now a much wider range of medium, style and compositional technique applied to A Shropshire Lad. There are also new ways in which words and music relate. Different catalogues in the thesis list settings according to period, genre, poem and composer. The author hopes to broaden the British canon of Shropshire Lad music, which, despite recent commissions and competitions, is still mostly limited to the major composers of the English musical renaissance (the early decades of the twentieth century). Accordingly, the catalogues let performers know how to obtain the settings. In preliminary chapters, the thesis attempts a literary examination of A Shropshire Lad and reviews the already-researched pre-Second World War settings. It then divides the post-1940 period into two parts–a Decline (to c.1980) and a Renewal (since c.1980)–and surveys them. The compositions of this period are placed in three tonal-stylistic streams of development: a mainstream tonal with ultraconservative and atonal tributaries. Then follow detailed literary-musical analyses of post-1940 songs, song cycles, collaborative sets, and multi-voice settings. A final summary draws together the conclusions of the individual chapters, summarizes and evaluates the achievement of the post-1940 composers, and suggests how further research might be carried out. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 509 leaves : music)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Choral music en
dc.subject A Shropshire Lad en
dc.subject Art song en
dc.subject Arrangement en
dc.subject A. E. Housman en
dc.subject.ddc 782.420942
dc.subject.lcsh Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936 -- Shropshire lad
dc.subject.lcsh Songs, English
dc.subject.lcsh England -- Songs and music
dc.subject.lcsh Music -- England -- 20th century
dc.title A Shropshire Lad in British music since 1940: decline and renewal en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Art History, Visucal Arts and Music en D. Litt. et Phil. (Musicology) en

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