Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Karen Smith

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Karen Smith, Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Jesse Graves


The intention of this thesis is to describe the process of putting together a performance of a lecture recital on the song cycle Try Me, Good King: Last words of the wives of Henry VIII by modern composer Libby Larsen, and to conduct an in depth exploration of the characters of the first five wives of King Henry VIII of England. Each wife’s character will be investigated in relation to their roles in this song cycle which draws its’ text from the final words of these five women. Each wife’s character will be investigated from three perspectives, that of history, that of Libby Larsen, my own perspective (Morgan Tingle). The ultimate result will be a solid developed character for each wife that is the culmination of my studies portrayed by myself, soprano Morgan Tingle, in the final lecture recital.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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