Note:This scholarly essay 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 two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:A performer's guide to selected bassoon works composed by Alexandre Ouzounoff
Author(s):Raymond, Christopher
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):McGovern, Timothy; Dee, John; Schleicher, Donald
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Ouzounoff
Raymond
bassoon
basson
Amok
Vezelay
Lawson
Nairobi
Abstract:This essay explores four works for bassoon by the French composer and bassoonist Alexandre Ouzounoff (1955-). Ouzounoff began his career as a solo performer and as part of a professional chamber music ensemble with the goal of advocating for the bassoon. Thanks to a grant provided by the French Ministry of Culture, he became a pioneer of contemporary French music by commissioning many composers to write music for the bassoon, all of which he premiered. As a composer for the last twenty-five years, he currently has a catalog of over fifty pieces, several of which are for the bassoon. There is currently no academic literature on Ouzounoff or his music. This work explores four contrasting pieces for bassoon and investigates the composer's inspirations from many interdisciplinary art forms such as ethnography, literature, forestry, and architecture. After an introduction and biography on the composer, Amok (2013), Lawson (2014), Vézelay (2016), and Nairobi, la nuit (1999) each receives its own contextual and analytical analysis, along with a discussion of performance practice issues such as extended techniques and other challenges presented by the composer. This essay’s larger aim is to encourage the future study of Ouzounoff’s music and other twenty-first century French composers.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Image
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/109009
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Christopher Raymond
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-12-01


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