Date of Award

1987

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Program

Music, MA

First Advisor

Morris L. Taylor

Second Advisor

Chrales G. Davis

Third Advisor

James D. Hanson

Abstract

Problem

This study analyzes a significant group of lullabies collected from three of the principal valleys in Norway. A detailed analysis may show the extent of centonization within the lullabies and may reveal aspects of the tonal inflection of these melodies.

Method

This study gives a general description of the lullaby. It also presents an annotated listing of collections and a summary of previous studies done in this area. With the help of traditional techniques and computer technology, the motives from 154 melodies were analyzed.

Results

The analysis resulted in the discovery that the lullabies consist to a large degree of certain motives that are common to all three valleys. However the melodies from each valley have certain characteristics which are unique to that valley or which appeared very seldom in the other two valleys.

Conclusions

To a large extent these lullabies utilize the technique of centonization and heave their own tonal inflection.

Subject Area

Lullabies, Norwegian

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