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The Children's Hours: A Poem, A Song, A Study.

Presenter Hometown

Richmond, Kentucky

Major

Music Theory and Composition

Department

Music

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Joyce H. Wolf

Mentor Department

Music

Abstract

My project is an examination of various vocal settings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Children’s Hour (1860). From the time of Longfellow’s death, there have been many composers who have set this poem to music. These composers range from the well-known Charles Ives to more obscure men, such as Don Dilworth, Arthur R. Gaul, and Langton Williams.

As a Theory and Composition major, I studied the poem and set it to music. In this examination, I also compare my own compositional setting of the poem to the works of others. Looking deeper into the compositional aspects of the works, I have examined the portions of the poem’s text set to music. I also analyzed the harmonies used, genre, musical imagery, melody, range, and if the piece is diatonic or chromatic. When one understands the many different approaches used to composing music for this poem, one has a better understanding of the composer’s own interpretation of Longfellow’s poem and the depth and interpretation that they want to convey.

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The Children's Hours: A Poem, A Song, A Study.

My project is an examination of various vocal settings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Children’s Hour (1860). From the time of Longfellow’s death, there have been many composers who have set this poem to music. These composers range from the well-known Charles Ives to more obscure men, such as Don Dilworth, Arthur R. Gaul, and Langton Williams.

As a Theory and Composition major, I studied the poem and set it to music. In this examination, I also compare my own compositional setting of the poem to the works of others. Looking deeper into the compositional aspects of the works, I have examined the portions of the poem’s text set to music. I also analyzed the harmonies used, genre, musical imagery, melody, range, and if the piece is diatonic or chromatic. When one understands the many different approaches used to composing music for this poem, one has a better understanding of the composer’s own interpretation of Longfellow’s poem and the depth and interpretation that they want to convey.