Date of Degree

6-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Biography and Memoir

Advisor

Elizabeth Wollman

Subject Categories

African American Studies | Africana Studies | American Popular Culture | American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Composition | Cultural History | Education | Ethnomusicology | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Liberal Studies | Music | Music Education | Musicology | Music Performance | Music Theory | Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies

Keywords

Billie Holiday, Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Jazz, Blues

Abstract

Billie Holiday was a singer, songwriter, vocalist, bandleader and composer in the fields of music, black culture and more specifically the genre of jazz. The primary focus of this study is Billie Holiday’s discography, music, and compositions as treated in relation to the black culture of production. This study will explore a secondary content analysis of Billie Holiday’s music, musicianship, musicality and compositional skills within the American jazz mainstream, broader jazz audience and world at large. This project will take an analytical look at the structure and form of the compositions of Billie Holiday. Billie Holiday is credited with composing or co-composing approximately twenty-one songs. It is my plan to write about the musicology and history of Holiday’s body of compositions. Here is a look at the Billie Holiday songbook, presented as Homage To Eleanora: A Musical Journey Through The Billie Holiday Songbook

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