Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
School of Music
The purpose of this study was to identify the value of incorporating American folk-song into a formal voice recital program, specifically the collections and compositions of Jean Ritchie. This qualitative study identified criteria for choosing specific folk-songs to include in formal recital, assessed quality in a folk-song arrangement, discussed suitable instrumentation for accompaniment, and suggested appropriate performance practices for concert performance. New folk-song literature was discovered through accessing original unpublished sources in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Finally, a format and program for incorporating the collected and composed folk-songs of Jean Ritchie in formal recital was developed. It was determined that American folk-song continues to be a valuable source of literature for the art-song repertoire. While much of the folk-song literature remains to be arranged for formal recital, folk-songs can be discovered, arranged, and performed in recital, remaining true to the original intention of the composer, thus diversifying, enriching, and enhancing the art-song repertoire.
Laird, Julianne E., "Folk-song to formal performance: Interpreting the songs of Jean Ritchie for voice recital" (2019). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7473.