Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Kathleen Wilson

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

John Augenblick

Third Advisor's Name

Robert Dundas


scarlatti, mozart, poulenc, schoenberg, gordon, schubert, cantata, zerlina, don giovanni, cocardes, les six, book of the hanging gardens, shepherd on the rock

Date of Defense



This thesis presents extended program notes for a sixty–minute vocal graduate recital consisting of the following repertoire for soprano: the arias “Soffri, o cor” and “Dimmi qual prova mai” from Alessandro Scarlatti’s cantata Dal Bel Volto d’Irene; a role study of Zerlina from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, including her arias “Batti, batti, o bel Masetto” and “Vedrai, carino;” Francis Poulenc’s song cycle Cocardes; selections from Arnold Schoenberg’s song cycle Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten; “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” by Franz Schubert, a chamber work written for soprano, piano, and clarinet; and selections from American composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s song cycle Orpheus and Euridice, composed as a companion piece to the Schubert “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.” These works span three centuries and cover four languages and multiple genres and musical styles. The content of this thesis contains detailed information on these works through historical study, musical analysis, and research in performance practice.



Scarlatti- Dal Bel Volto d'Irene.m4a (17328 kB)
Scarlatti: Dal Bel Volto d'Irene arias

Mozart-Zerlina arias.m4a (13878 kB)
Mozart: Zerlina's arias from Don Giovanni

Poulenc- Cocardes.m4a (12479 kB)
Poulenc: Cocardes song set

Schoenberg- Book of the Hanging Gardens.m4a (10723 kB)
Schoenberg: Selections from Op. 15 Book of the Hanging Gardens

Schubert- The Shepherd on the Rock.m4a (22267 kB)
Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock

Gordon- Orpheus and Euridice.m4a (29471 kB)
R. I. Gordon: Selections from Orpheus and Euridice



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