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Musical settings


  • Vocal or choral musical compositions that consist of pre-existing literary texts that have been set to music.

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    • Settings, Musical
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    • found: Work cat.: Gordon, Ricky Ian. Night flight to San Francisco, 2011:t.p. (Harper's monologue from Angels in America; for soprano and piano; words by Tony Kushner) p. 2 (I set Harper's final monologue to music)
    • found: Gordon, Ricky Ian. Antarctica, 2013:t.p. (Harper's Act III monologue from Angels in America; for soprano and piano; words by Tony Kushner)
    • found: LCSH, Apr. 3, 2017(form subdivision Musical settings. UF form subdivision Settings, Musical. SN Use as a form subdivision under names of individual persons for musical scores or sound recordings in which writings or words of the person have been set to music. Also use under individual literatures for musical scores or sound recordings in which those literary texts have been set to music)
    • found: Grove music online, Apr. 3, 2017(Text-setting [setting]. The composition of vocal music to a given text. Music with one note per syllable is known as 'syllabic setting' and that with many notes per syllable as 'melismatic setting'; text-setting in which new syllables are enunciated at regular intervals (regardless of the number of notes per syllable) is referred to as 'isochronic'; Strictly speaking, the term 'text-setting' applies only to those cases where music is supplied for a pre-existing verbal text, as in Beethoven's setting of Schiller's An die Freude. Closely analogous interpretative issues are raised, however, in scenarios where words and music are conceived simultaneously as part of the same creative act (as in the works of Wagner, and some works by Schoenberg and Stravinsky), where words and music originate from a collaboration between composer and poet (or 'lyricist', as in the songs of George and Ira Gershwin), where words are supplied for pre-existing music (as in all contrafacta, for example, Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, set to music from his own String Quartet, or in Michael Flanders's song 'Ill Wind', in which the text is set to music by Mozart), or where it is impossible to tell (as in early repertories). In this broader sense, indeed, text-setting is a central concern of virtually all vocal music)
    • found: The Oxford companion to music, via Oxford music online, Apr. 3, 2017(word-setting see text-setting; text-setting: The process of composing music for a text, and the musical expression of its words. At different times in the history of music, various concerns about text-setting have been paramount. In musical genres where it is especially important to convey the words clearly (e.g. operatic recitative, much liturgical music), the metre and structure of the text are often followed closely by a simple, syllabic melody with little ornamentation. In other forms, usually where the emphasis lies on the emotional expression of the words, the setting may be more florid, with large leaps, extended melismas on a single syllable, rhythmic distortion, and other devices that might obscure the communication of the text. In some present-day music the individual syllables of words are used primarily for their sound quality and seem disconnected from the rest of the text)
    • found: Merriam-Webster dictionary online, Apr. 3, 2017(setting noun 4: the music composed for a text (as a poem))
    • found: Oxford dictionaries website, Apr. 3, 2017(setting 3. A piece of vocal or choral music composed for particular words. "a setting of Yevtushenko's bleak poem"; "The new piece is a musical setting - without words - of McKellar's poem, Sangsters, in three verses"; "It has attracted numerous polyphonic settings, by such composers as Victoria, Palestrina, and Mozart")
    • found: RDA toolkit, Apr. 3, 2017(under J.2.2 Derivative Work Relationships, hierarchically under "derivative (work)": "set to music as (work)": A non-dramatic musical work, other than an oratorio, that uses the text of a source work. Reciprocal relationship: "musical setting of (work)")
    • found: Wikipedia, Apr. 3, 2017:Musical setting (A musical setting is a musical composition that is written on the basis of a literary work. The literary work is said to be set, or adapted, to music. Musical settings include choral music and other vocal music. A musical setting is made to particular words, such as poems)
    • found: 93706319: Powell, L.J. Jesus the true vine : a musical setting of the biblical text, John 15:1-10, ©1989.
    • found: Beahan, J.F. "A lo Sonoro" : a musical setting of poems by Pablo Neruda for soprano, B-flat clarinet, violin, 2 violoncellos, contrabass and percussion, 1998.
    • found: Miller, E.J. Mists and waters : a musical setting of five poems by Denise Levertov : for soprano and chamber orchestra, ©1984.
    • found: Baron, M. Ode to democracy : a musical setting of Lincoln's Gettysburg address for baritone solo with mixed chorus and orchestra, 1949.
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    • Vocal or choral musical compositions that consist of pre-existing literary texts that have been set to music.
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    • 2017-04-03: new
    • 2017-06-08: revised
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