Master’s report at UTexas

“Distance and Abstraction in the Symbolic Imagery of Honegger and Claudel’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

University of Texas at Austin  (05.2010)

PDF of master’s report abstract (paper not published)

While earning my master’s degree, I specialized in French Neo-Classical music during the Interwar period. I especially loved the music of Arthur Honegger, who was one of the most prolific and esteemed composers of his time but whose music has been scarce in the mainstream concert-hall repertoire in recent decades.

Because of my interest in communication with mass audiences, my master’s report — the final and biggest paper required for my degree — focused on the technical nitty-gritty of public perception of abstraction in one of Honegger’s most popular works — an oratorio that rallied French nationalistic sentiment on the eve of World War II.

Since this report was the culmination of my research and master’s degree, it’s quite long, so I have included only an abstract. A copy of this paper can be made available upon request.