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The divine madness: A bio-bibliography and performer's guide to the vocal, choral, and narrative /dramatic works of Randall Snyder

Janene L Sheldon, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Chicago-born classical and jazz composer Randall Snyder (b.1944) was educated at Quincy College and the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and has been teaching at the University of Nebraska Lincoln since 1974. He has composed over 300 works which have received numerous awards; he has received four Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has appeared as bassist in two documentaries with jazz pianist Jay McShann. His works have been recorded by Elan, North/South, CRS, Opus One, and Vienna Modern Masters labels, and published by the Dom, Southern, J.P. Publications, Brixton, Yelton Rhodes, and Vienna Modern Masterworks companies. ^ The purpose of this dissertation is to disseminate information about this composer who has yet to be discovered on the national level, despite the high quality and wide appeal of his compositions. The dissertation contains a biography, chapters on musical and textual analysis of the vocal, choral, and narrative/dramatic works, and compositional style and influences, and appendices: an Annotated List of Songs including the choral and narrative/dramatic works, a Complete Works list through December 2002, a Discography, Bibliography, List of Poets, and a comprehensive Index. ^ This is the first work of this kind about this composer; therefore, it contains much information that was previously unavailable to the general public. The document is intended to be a starting point for performers, educators, and choral and opera directors interested in performing Snyder's music, and for researchers interested in further adding to the body of knowledge about this prolific and eclectic composer. ^

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Sheldon, Janene L, "The divine madness: A bio-bibliography and performer's guide to the vocal, choral, and narrative /dramatic works of Randall Snyder" (2003). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3116608.