Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts
This document begins with an Introduction detailing the reception history of Jake Heggie's 2002 song cycle The Starry Night. Chapter one offers biographical information on the composer, chapter two details thematic connections between "La Peinture Consolante" (the painting of consolation) and Heggie's conception of narrative journey. Chapters three through nine offer detailed musical analysis for each of the seven songs, and the conclusion discusses the contemporary American art song recital, with specific reference to Ned Rorem's 1996 Opera News article: " The American Art Song: Dead or Alive."
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Unger, Shannon Melody, "The Starry Night: Jake Heggie, Vincent van Gogh, and the Consolation of the Stars" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 220.