Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy, Op.52, For High Voice and Piano: An Analytically Informed Interpretation

Mitchell, Samuel Mark (2016). Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy, Op.52, For High Voice and Piano: An Analytically Informed Interpretation MPhil Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2016.357

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Author Mitchell, Samuel Mark
Thesis Title Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy, Op.52, For High Voice and Piano: An Analytically Informed Interpretation
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Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy, Op.52, For High Voice and Piano: An Analytically Informed Interpretation
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2016.357
Publication date 2016-06-20
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Liam Viney
Simon Perry
Total pages 63
Total black and white pages 63
Language eng
Subjects 190407 Music Performance
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Formatted abstract
This critical commentary set out to construct an interpretation of Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words op.52 through the application of analysis in preparation for a performance. The information gathered from analysis of the music and text was used to assist performers in making artistic decisions that could lead to a musically satisfying interpretation. This commentary examines each of the eight songs individually, analysing elements such as harmony, form, hypermeter and text, and how such elements can inform an interpretation that best portrays the song’s structure. It was found that a structural and thematic understanding of the poetry assists in discerning the musical structure as all of the song’s musical elements were derived from the text. Therefore many of the analytical details fall into place when attempting to best project the poetry. It is intended that this process can assist in constructing satisfying interpretations of other similar works in Britten’s output more intuitively.
Keyword Music
Music analysis
Interpretation
Britten
Hardy
Song cycle
Winter words

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