Emily Dickinson as both poetess and songstress : poems of Emily Dickinson set to music : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
This lecture recital discusses seven Emily Dickinson poems that have been set to music by twentieth century composers. After discussing the musical qualities inherent in Dickinson's poetry, the lecture goes on to show how these qualities have been interpreted and underscored by the four composers. The purpose of the recital is to enable the listener to actually experience the parallel message created by the combination of poetry and music. Within the lecture, there is a performance of musical examples, excerpts from each of the pieces. This is done to show key moments in which the poetry and music convey the same message; its purpose is also to give concrete examples of what is being discussed during the lecture. The recital concludes with the performance of each workin its entirety, enabling the listener to enjoy the combined effect of poetry and music.