Date of Graduation
Master of Music (MM)
Second Committee Member
“My Mind and Me” is a three-movement musical work written by Van Powell that was based off of a poem written by his grandmother Joyce Beshears. The piece contains many aspects of classical music such as instrumentation and form yet has more of a modern feel regarding aspects such as harmony and vocal style. The piece is written for a female alto vocal, guitar, two violins, viola, cello, and double bass. The poem that the piece is interpreting gives incite into the disassociation of a woman’s mind and body. While analyzing herself the author comes to terms with her strengths and weaknesses, seeks what changes she needs to make, and develops a positive attitude of her past and future. The three-movement work is the musical interpretation of this text composed by Van Powell.
Powell, V. (2020). My Mind and Me. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3874