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This treatise is both a historical and analytical document concerning The AIDS Quilt Songbook. William Parker, an American baritone who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, solicited composers to submit art songs for baritone and piano for a project that would be a musical equivalent to the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The result is a diverse and moving tribute to the victims of AIDS, both living and dead. The author has compiled historical information on The AIDS Quilt Songbook, both from printed resources (newspapers, journals, books) and personal correspondence (letters, interviews, electronic mails). The historical section includes a biography of William Parker, a discussion of the premiere and recording of The AIDS Quilt Songbook, and a discussion of William Parker's death. In addition, the treatise includes a textual and musical analysis of all eighteen of the originally published songs.
AIDS Music, Musical Activism, AIDS Quilt Songbook, William Parker, AIDS Quilt
Date of Defense
March 28, 2005.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Stanford Olsen, Professor Directing Treatise; Timothy Hoekman, Outside Committee Member; Roy Delp, Committee Member; Larry Gerber, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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