Christopher Chaffee (Committee Member), Charles Larkowski (Committee Chair), Dennis Loranger (Committee Member)
Master of Humanities (MHum)
During the 20th century, serious composers in the United States increasingly wrote symphonies, and a few of these composers expanded the form with the use of chorus. Three key examples are Marc Blitzstein's The Airborne Symphony, Peter Mennin's Symphony No. 4 ("Cycle"), and Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"). Although all three are choral symphonies each composer took a much different approach to the form. The paper will focus on analysis of these three symphonies and examination of their place in the history of the American symphony.
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