School of Music
Music: String Performance
Bouton, Victoria E., ""Retrograde Soul": A Song Cycle" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 431.
The song cycle is a classical music genre originating from the German Lieder tradition with roots in the early romantic period. Its versatility as a compositional form has ensured its popularity from its 19th century origins on, and accounts for the diversity of works within the genre. This thesis is a creative project involving the composition of a song cycle for female voice, accompanied by a string quartet and containing an original poetic text. The purpose of the project was to allow acquired knowledge of music theory, history, and technique to inform the creative process of generating an original work. The overall theme of the piece is conveyed through the integration of words and music, necessitating careful attention to the inherent nature of the text and the relationship between music and poetry.