Hannah Millington, Sacred, Secular, and Suffragist: Reclaiming Ethel Smyth's Vocal Works for the Twenty-First Century (PhD, Dublin City University), in progress

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 Author:  Millington, Hannah 
 Title:  Sacred, Secular, and Suffragist: Reclaiming Ethel Smyth's Vocal Works for the Twenty-First Century 
 Degree, institution:  PhD, Dublin City University 
 Status, year:  in progress 
 Supervisor(s):  Dr Róisín Blunnie 
 General specialism:  Musicology 
 Content, timeframe:  1870-1940 
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Hermeneutic analysis; Historical musicology; Suffrage; Women in music; Gender studies; LGBTQIA+
Ethel Smyth
England; Germany; London; Leipzig
Choral music; Solo vocal works; Lieder; Political songs; Opera
 Summary (provisional):  This PhD is focused on the composer, writer, and social activist Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944). Smyth had a significant impact on the world of music during the first half of the twentieth century, most notably within operatic circles. However, her choral and solo vocal works remain largely under-explored. This thesis aims to situate these works within their historical context, considering how Smyth's religious beliefs and political leanings shared their creation. This approach entails a high level of interdisciplinary research and offers a broad hermeneutic reading of the musical works.