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:Bang On A Can's Lost Objects by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon: Postminimalism and hybridization
Author(s):Kim, Byungjin
Advisor(s):Taube, Heinrich
Contributor(s):Taube, Heinrich; Taylor, Stephen; Tharp, Reynold; Scholwin, Richard
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Bang On A Can
Lost Objects
Bang On A Can's Lost Objects
David Lang
Julia Wolfe
Michael Gordon
Abstract:Lost Objects (2001) is a collaborative work by Bang on a Can, a multi-faceted contemporary music organization established by Julia Wolfe (b. 1958), Michael Gordon (b. 1956), and David Lang (b. 1957). Through analysis of Lost Objects, this study defines hybridization as a compositional element used by Wolfe, Lang, and Gordon. This thesis also explores the relationship between postminimalism and the composers’ brand of hybridization. This trio has a strong interest in diatonic and tonal pitch language while, at the same time, avoiding traditional functional tonality. They also combine simplified materials and procedures with repetition and diatonicism. While one strain of their music uses minimalism, not all of their music fits into this category. Lost Objects is a contemporary oratorio that includes a Baroque ensemble, Bang on a Can Ensemble, voices, and DJ Spooky. It combines music from different genres, including Renaissance and Baroque music, nineteenth and twentieth century music, minimalism, and electro-acoustic music. This thesis, therefore, aims to analyze Gordon, Lang, and Wolfe’s hybridization skills that subtly combine regional, cultural, and historical elements to create a unique style of music. Furthermore, the similarities and differences between these composers’ styles will be examined. Finally, the study will also discuss Bang on A Can’s musical language and compare it to postminimalist music.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Byungjin Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-04-16

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