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Kenneth Frazelle’s Appalachian Songbooks (1989) and Doug Borwick’s Southern Comfort (1989) An Investigation into Singing Contemporary American Art Song Requiring Authentic Southern Regional Dialects

Abstract This dissertation investigates vocal performance of art songs requiring authentic and appropriate regional dialects of the American South. Through close analysis of performance practice in American opera, musical theatre, and art song, this document follows the existence of regional southern dialects on the stage from the early 1800s to today’s practice. Evidence of specified regional southern accents is discussed regarding literary depictions in librettos, lyrics, and dialogue. Other topics include the ways regional nuances and colloquialisms differentiate southern regional accents, the existence of a generic “southern” accent to stand for any representation of rural whites, and, briefly, the nonspecific ways African American southern dial... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Cole, Nina Michelle (Author) / Dreyfoos, Dale (Advisor) / Norton, Kay (Advisor) / FitzPatrick, Carole (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Performing arts / accent / Borwick / dialect / Frazelle / southern / voice
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 96 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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