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Thesis Title: The Songs of Sir John Andrew Stevenson
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Barra Boydell
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: July, 2003
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: NUI, Maynooth
Abstract: On studying Sir John Andrew Stevenson, some inconsistencies have appeared, particularly in relation to his date of birth, the distinction between his full operas and ones to which he added songs and the publication dates of his works. The thesis offers a foundation for the clarification of these matters.
The catalogue of Stevensonís songs provides a point of reference to his works, indicating the types of songs existing in the libraries and additional information which sheds light as to where and for whom they were performed. A closer look at these works combined with (to the knowledge of the author) the first recording of one of the composerís most popular songs portrays an image of musical life in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The extensive amount of songs composed by Sir John Andrew Stevenson has been neglected for a long time and it is hoped that more research will be carried out on his life and works, particularly on his songs.

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