Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
African-American composer Charles Lloyd, Jr. has written some of the most beautiful and challenging solo vocal works of the present day. His abilities as a composer have awarded him the opportunity to work with names such as Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, and Veronica Tyler. He has also written and published a number of works which include the art song Compensation, published in the Anthology of Art Songs by Black Composers and his first collection of spiritual art songs which appear in The Spiritual Art Song Collection by Charles Lloyd, Jr. Even more, his Psalm 30: Cantata for Soprano and Piano appears as a recommendation for recital programming in Emmons and Sonntag’s The Art of the Song Recital. Through personal interviews with the composer and a thorough study of selected vocal works, I have determined that Lloyd’s works are rich in history and intelligently written. This written document is a summation of my research and contains information that should aid in the performance of his music. Over the course of this document, I not only discuss his biography in detail, but I expound upon his dramatic works, Psalm 30: Cantata for Soprano and Piano and Emmett Till, his opera based on the true life events of the young boy from Chicago who was murdered in Mississippi in the 1950s. I further outline selected published and unpublished art songs as well as repertoire from his spiritual art song collections. Furthermore, this document offers a complete listing of his works as well as a discography.
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Hudson, Charis Kelly, "The vocal works of Charles Lloyd, Jr.: a performer's guide to selected dramatic works, art songs, and spiritual art songs" (2011). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 3469.