College of Fine and Applied Arts
The College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is dedicated to the advancement, practice and understanding of the arts. The central focus of the College is the synergy between research and the preparation of students for professional careers in the creation and interpretation of the applied arts, visual arts, and the performing arts. Deeply related to that focus is the commitment to elevate and sustain the study of the arts as both a necessary mode of understanding and a vibrant expression of human experience within the local, national, and international communities.
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(School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022)McCoy Tyner is undoubtedly the most influential jazz pianist in the modern era, defining the modern piano aesthetic for generations to come. This document aims to define the key elements of McCoy Tyner’s creative artistry ...
How Mary Halvorson explores creative expression and free improvisation through performance, composition, and arranging (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022)Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has recently made a name for herself as a bastion of musical innovation within the scope of free improvised music through her highly eclectic and progressive musical output. This output ...
Cooking with the clarinet: Stylistic mixture and culinary metaphors in Kenji Bunch's Cookbook & introductions to two of Bunch's chamber works for clarinet (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022)This project is a comprehensive study of Cookbook for clarinet and piano written by American composer Kenji Bunch for clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. As a composer with a deep interest in various musical styles, Bunch ...
Representative repertoire of F-PLUS: A performance guide of works by Kevin Puts, Christopher Stark, Liza Sobel Crane, Matthew Barnson, and Jessie Montgomery The goal of this thesis is to promote these works and the entire body of repertoire commissioned by F-PLUS, as well as general interest in percussionists performing and commissioning chamber works with non-percussionists. ...
This study illuminates Miles Davis and Gil Evans’s engagement with flamenco music, with a primary focus on the compositions “Saeta” and “Solea” from their collaborative album Sketches of Spain. This extraordinary album is ...