Musical settings of American poetry : a bibliography /

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Author / Creator:Hovland, Michael A.
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1986.
Description:xli, 531 p. ; 25 cm.
Series:Music reference collection no. 8
Subject:Vocal music -- Bibliography
American poetry -- Musical settings -- Bibliography.
American poetry -- Musical settings.
Vocal music.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0313229384 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes indexes.
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This book's principal aim is ``to link American library texts with their published musical settings.'' It covers more than 2,400 works by 99 19th- and 20th-century poets, including Jones Very, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Vachel Lindsay, Sylvia Plath, and Allen Ginsberg, and provides access to approximately 5,800 settings by 2,100 composers. Entries are arranged alphabetically after the poet's name, then by title of the poem, and include such information as the composer's name, the title of the composition if different from the literary source, the facts of publication, and brief comments on the musical pieces (e.g., vocal specifications, required accompaniment). There are indexes to composers and to titles of literary works. Hovland's bibliography begins to do for American poetry what Bryan Gooch and David Thatcher in Musical Settings of Late Victorian and Modern British Literature: A Catalogue (1976), Musical Settings of Early and Mid-Victorian Literature: A Catalogue (1979), and Musical Settings of British Romantic Literature: A Catalogue (2v., 1982) have done for English literature. While less ambitious than its British counterparts, Hovland's work justifies the author's claim that is is comprehensive enough to serve as a first step toward further research. Its intended audience-musicians and singers, choral and instrumental conductors, radio station program directors, music retailers and publishers, teachers, and literary and music scholars and bibliographers-should find it useful. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-W.M. Gargan, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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