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Title:An introduction to the choral music of Galina Grigorjeva
Author(s):Ahn, Won Joo
Director of Research:Megill, Andrew
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Megill, Andrew
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Coleman, Barrington L.; Solya, Andrea; Sweet, Bridget
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Galina Grigorjeva
Choral Music
Estonian Composer
Russian Orthodox
Znamenny Chant
Abstract:This study will examine Galina Grigorjeva’s compositional style and the influence of the Russian Orthodox tradition on her choral music. Grigorjeva, born in 1962, is a Ukraine-born Estonian composer, and has written over seventy compositions to date, twenty-two of which are choral works. She currently works as a freelancer composer in Tallinn, Estonia. This study begins with Grigorjeva’s professional biography and an overview of her background and education. It includes a discussion of Byzantine and Znamenny chants and how these traditions contribute to a deeper understanding of Grigorjeva’s music. It will then discuss some of the musical influences and the characteristics of Grigorjeva’s music, including her approach to rhythm, text, harmony, texture, timbre, and melody. Three selected choral works—On Leaving (1999), Nature Morte (2008), and In paradisum (2012)—which collectively exemplify the composer’s unique compositional style will then be investigated. Additionally, this study will offer an annotated catalog of Grigorjeva’s entire choral output to benefit readers in adding fresh choral repertoire. The purpose of this exploration is to introduce this great composer and her works to choral musicians looking for hidden gems of choral literature.
Issue Date:2020-10-26
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Won Joo Ahn
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-05
Date Deposited:2020-12

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