Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Dr. Eric McCluskey


This document contains the extended program notes for the graduate vocal recital of Ms. Ashly S. Thomas which took place on March 31, 2011 at the Old Baptist Foundation recital hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. These extended program notes include the repertoire list for the performance along with the translations of the pieces in foreign languages. The repertoire list includes standard opera arias from the Baroque period, Classical period, and the Romantic period. The list also includes German lieder, and French mélodie and operetta (which was sung in English, hence no translation is included). The document contains a biographical sketch of each composer and the compositional genesis of each piece. In addition, each piece’s musical structure, as well as poetic significance is explained in detail with the use of many scholarly sources as well as examples taken directly from the scores.