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Spiars, Jessica G. Setting Tolkien: Exploring Middle-earth Through Music Composition. Berners, John.University of Indianapolis. 2017. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/generic_works/b94f874a-f201-4635-aabd-143618e67919?locale=en

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Spiars, Jessica G. (2017). Setting Tolkien: Exploring Middle-Earth Through Music Composition. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/generic_works/b94f874a-f201-4635-aabd-143618e67919?locale=en

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Spiars, Jessica G. Setting Tolkien: Exploring Middle-Earth Through Music Composition. University of Indianapolis. 2017. https://uindy.hykucommons.org/concern/generic_works/b94f874a-f201-4635-aabd-143618e67919?locale=en

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The poetic texts in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings have provided a wealth of resources to writers and composers since their publishing. Varying in style, character, and idea, these poems and songs offer an inside look of the Middle Earth that Tolkien carefully crafted. Intending to set several of these texts to original music, I studied the life and influences of Tolkien, with the goal of producing a well-developed and thought-out product. My studies covered cultures of both our world and Middle-Earth, including Anglo-Saxon, Finnish, and Welsh. After extensive reading of biographies, analyses, essays, and articles, I developed a cohesive perception of Tolkien's subcreation and chose my texts. With distinctly separate characteristics, my compositions each depict a different culture and approach to music, while displaying my creative choices as a composer.

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