Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Maryann Kyle

Advisor Department



The Cabaret Songs Complete by William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein are true gems amongst the vast genre of twentieth century American art song. These songs are particularly unique because they meld the world of classical singing with modern styles, such as jazz, pop, and blues, as only William Bolcom can do. The songs are musically and dramatically challenging, making them less common in the traditional college student repertoire. Studying and performing these pieces has been a challenging and rewarding experience for me.

The purpose of this thesis is to provide a resource for the preparation of a cabaret show, specifically featuring these songs. This process includes musical and textual study, style choices, and dramatic development. These elements will be presented through discussion of methods and the final performance. A total of sixteen songs will be used in this thesis.

Included in

Music Commons