Warren Benson's "Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan"
Jaber, Andrea H.
Doctor of Musical Arts
Warren Benson's Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan is a relatively rare example of a composition for solo voice and flute. The thesis is an examination of this cycle, highlighting its distinctive characteristics and providing a singer's view of its inherent challenges. The musical analysis is preceded by a discussion of the lives of both poet and composer. For a singer, knowledge of the circumstances of Bogan's life dramatically deepens understanding of the work.