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

Jennifer Bellor

Third Committee Member

Bill Bernatis

Fourth Committee Member

Zane Douglas

Fifth Committee Member

Carl L. Reiber

Number of Pages

76

Abstract

Orchestral transcriptions for wind band have been historically vital to the expansion and success of the medium. As original compositions have increased in number, string solos accompanied by wind band continue to represent an under-utilized area of the literature. The “Wind Repertory Project” has documented twenty-three compositions that fall within this area of wind band music. A transcription of Eric Whitacre’s The River Cam for solo cello and string orchestra expands the contemporary area of the repertoire by contributing to the list of works written for solo string instruments and band. Comparative and harmonic analyses provide correlative evidence as to why Whitacre’s compositional fragments sound pastoral, linking Whitacre’s use of modes to the documented style of Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Keywords

Cambridge; Composer; Music; Vaughn; Williams

Disciplines

Music

Language

English


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