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|Title:||A Study of Edwin London's Music for Women's Chorus|
|Author(s):||Mcgahan, Christopher Dan|
|Department / Program:||Music|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Abstract:||Eight pieces for women's chorus are analyzed and discussed. One other, a setting of Psalm 23, is not treated as it is a movement of a larger work involving men's voices. Pieces treated are: Five Haiku, 1962; A Washington Miscellany, 1963; Osanna, 1965; Four Proverbs, 1968; Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes, 1970; Better Is, 1970; Psalm of These Days I, 1977; and Praising Thy Worth, 1979. The pieces are considered in chronological order. Five topic headings are used in the analysis of each. They are: (1) Form and Thematic Material; (2) Tonal Material and Texture; (3) Scoring and Tessitura; (4) Tempo and Dynamics; and (5) Meter and Rhythm. Other organizational tools are employed according to the structure and demands of each piece, particularly in the instance of serial, lengthy or multiple movement pieces. Twenty tables and 145 musical examples illustrate the text.
Significant conclusions are four. (1) London's style is essentially contrapuntal. (2) His efforts in this medium grew from smaller and simpler to larger and more complex. (3) The works can be divided into three style periods, called early, middle, and mature. (4) He has three broad categories of compositional method which are somewhat congruent to the three style periods.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2014-12-16|
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