Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:The "traditional contemporary" -- A study of Walter S. Hartley and an analysis of his Concerto for 23 Winds
Author(s):Busuito, James Joseph
Advisor(s):Moorhouse, Linda
Contributor(s):Peterson, Stephen; Nichols, Jeananne; Tharp, Reynold
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Concerto for 23 winds
Wind band
Abstract:The purpose of this thesis is to provide an overview of the life, philosophies, and compositional traits of Walter S. Hartley, with a focus on his most significant contribution to the concert wind band repertoire, the Concerto for 23 Winds. A thorough account of Hartley’s interactions with the wind band repertoire and its practitioners will be examined through assessments of correspondence and representative literature. In a variety of letters, lectures, and interviews, Hartley often referred to himself as a “traditional contemporary”, a label first assigned to him by saxophonist Gerald Danovitch that aligns with Hartley’s self-ascribed “neoclassical” influences: Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, and others. This project will include a biography, an assessment of his compositional practices, and a comprehensive musical analysis. The analysis will pertain to the historical, formal, and theoretical elements of the Concerto for 23 Winds. This work contains many of the compositional traits that characterize the musical elements of his oeuvre. The work also served as a portion of the Doctoral Recital Requirement as it was conducted by the thesis author in concert with the Illinois Wind Symphony.This performance perspective complemented the comprehensive analysis herein and conversely aided in the assessment of Hartley’s compositional voice . Despite his significant contributions to the repertoire, there have been no substantial inquiries into Hartley’s works for wind band, many of which have fallen from the collective awareness of conductors in the most recent wind band repertoire survey conducted by Clifford Towner. The document aims to provide ideas for the exploration of other works by Walter Hartley that once dominated the wind band repertoire, but have faded over a span of several decades.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 James Joseph Busuito
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-07-12

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