Browse Doctoral Project Theses [Option 2] - Music by Title

  • Davis, Melissa Anne (2013-05)
    Classical music has been present in the Jamaica since the 18 century. The country conquered by Britain in 1655, still bears its European influence in its current culture. With a history of many cultures sharing common ...

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  • Vega, Carlos E. (University of Illinois, 2009)
    This project is an analysis of the jazz improvisation concepts utilized by tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza. This analysis will be drawn from a series of nine written transcriptions of improvised solos that span from 1986 ...

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  • Reid, Tomeka (School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017-04-27)
    Stringed instruments naturally possess a vocal quality where, similar to the human voice, notes can be modified through bends and slides, lending themselves to numerous styles of music. As jazz, and the blues are America’s ...

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  • Thomas, Candace Nicole (University of Illinois, 2014-10)
    The purpose of this document is to introduce a novel way to learn a new piece of classical music by use of a jazz improvisational approach. Within this document, a jazz improvisational approach (JIA) is defined as a method ...

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  • Pearce, Jessica (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    For modern classical hornists wishing to explore a different style, the unaccompanied solo genre is a way of easing into swing and improvisation. Horn solo pieces by Dana Wilson (b.1946), Douglas Hill (b.1946), and ...

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  • Vasiljevic, Dimitrije (School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017-04-18)
    The goal of this thesis is to examine the contrapuntal jazz piano techniques of several reputable players known for the use of counterpoint in their ...

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  • Tomski, Ryan (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    The goal of this study is to test the practicality and effectiveness of supplementing traditional jazz improvisation pedagogy with a method book that centers around rhetorical devices more commonly associated with the ...

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  • VanHemert, Jordan (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    In 2014, Patricia Shehan Campbell convened the College Music Society’s Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major (TFUMM). The task force, including lead author Ed Sarath, published a report called Transforming Music ...

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  • Tunison, Evelyn Moria (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    Jean Xavier Lefèvre wrote his Méthode de Clarinette in 1802 for use at the Paris Conservatoire. This clarinet tutor was influenced by its precursor, the Méthode Nouvelle et Raisonnée pour la Clarinette (1785) ...

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  • Yun, Chi Yong (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    The musical culture of eighteenth-century London was greatly affected by the Industrial Revolution, which dominated England. With the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, musical instruments ...

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  • Lim, Hana (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    John Corigliano remains a leading composer of twentieth-century American music. While many of his works are acclaimed, his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is less well known than his other concerti. This project ...

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  • Mo, Gloria Chun-Ting (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    Joseph Joachim’s impact as a violinist is undeniable; however, he is less known as a composer. Many violinists shy away from his pieces, perhaps owing to their great difficulty. Joachim wrote three violin concerti ...

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  • Wang, Fu-Tsun (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    This paper examines Kaija Saariaho’s compositional techniques through her works written for the cello, specifically the ones written for Anssi Karttunen, since they have fostered a lifelong collaborative relationship. ...

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  • Dean, Geoffrey (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    This thesis serves as an insight to modern jazz piano language at the turn of the 21st century by analyzing pianist Kenny Kirkland through six original transcriptions. An examination of Kirk ...

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  • Lee, Sang Weon (University of Illinois, 2015)
    This research project transfers unedited keyboard pieces from the Woodcock MS into a modern edition with commentary. The name of this manuscript originates from “Deborah Woodcock,” after whom it is considered to be named. ...

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  • Chao, Tai-Kuang (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    This thesis explores the dimensions and difficulties involved in creating new, interdisciplinary art forms, with its primary focus on Kyong Mee Choi’s one-act multi-media production, The Eternal Tao. The ...

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  • Nichols, Benjamin Edward (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020)
    Jerry Bergonzi (1947- ) is a late-twentieth and twenty-first century jazz saxophonist and composer, often associated with the 1970’s New York Loft Scene. This paper discusses methods Bergonzi uses to write original ...

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  • Beltran, Michael Paul (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020)
    In 1957, legendary trumpeter Miles Davis traveled to Paris to record the soundtrack to Elevator to the Gallows. The film featured a completely improvised score, which the band recorded as they played to edited cuts of the ...

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  • Tang, Lydia (University of Illinois, 2016)
    As a pioneer viola virtuoso of the 20th century, Emanuel “Manny” Vardi (c. 1915-2011) is most widely recognized as the first violist to record all of Paganini’s Caprices. As a passionate advocate for the viola as a solo ...

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  • Yoo, Youngwoo (University of Illinois, 2015)
    This thesis probes into the music of communist North Korea, assessing how that nation’s government influences the creative output of its composers and performers in order to deliver propaganda supporting the foundation ...

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