Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Thomas G. Leslie

Second Committee Member

Zane Douglass

Third Committee Member

Anthony LaBounty

Fourth Committee Member

Timothy Jones

Fifth Committee Member

Margot Mink-Colbert

Number of Pages

121

Abstract

Alejandro García Caturla was a Modernist Cuban composer of the early 20th Century. In his compositions and orchestrations, Caturla predominantly featured woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments (and incorporated Afro-Cuban percussion instruments). Caturla’s musical vernacular is a hybridization of styles, not just of the colloquial idioms of Cuba and the music of the European avant-garde, but of the unification of the island’s musical cultures. One of Caturla’s earliest, international successes was his orchestral work Tres danzas cubanas written in 1929. This document includes the creation of a new transcription for wind orchestra of the three-movement work. A biographical sketch of Caturla’s life, the music of Caturla, the historical background of Tres Danzas Cubanas, and the transcription process are provided.

Keywords

band; Caturla; Cuba; modernism; transcription; winds

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Music

Language

English


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