Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
First Committee Member
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This paper examines the compositional techniques of the works that feature the clarinet by Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley (b. 1938). In discussing Baley's music, this paper investigates his use of extended techniques, his use of multiple members of the clarinet family, the challenges it presents to performers, his musical expression and inspirations, and its purposes and evolution. Finally, the paper shows how Baley's musical choices eschew traditional formal structures and harmony for more innovative expressive goals; Chapters 1 and 2 deal with Baley's life and musical evolution. Chapter 3 discusses Sculptured Birds (1979--1984), his first work that features the clarinet. Chapters 4 through 6 discuss his works Orpheus Singing (1994), Persona II (1997--2002) and the Songs Without Words (2001--03). Chapter 7 presents Partita No. 4 (2005), a new work using several members of the clarinet family. Chapter 8 summarizes Baley's accomplishments through these works and discusses his intentions for works he plans to compose.
Baley, Virko; Clarinet; Examination; Feature; Virko; Works
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bonenfant, Timothy, "Virko Baley: An examination of his works that feature clarinet" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2606.