Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department or Program



Dillard, David A.


This document presents and discusses repertoire selected for the required recital for the degree of Master of Music, Vocal Performance. An overview of each piece, including historical background, as well as some harmonic and theoretical analysis are provided. Along with overview and analysis, this document discusses performance practice concepts involving the interpretive and technical challenges of each piece. The recital program includes 17 pieces by various composers set to texts in English, German, Spanish, and Italian, with composition dates spanning from the 16th to 21st centuries. A variety of resources including books, articles, manuscript scores, and dissertations are used to inform an examination of each musical idiom represented in this program.