Doctoral Project Papers [Option 3] - Music
These scholarly essays are part of research projects in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The projects also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.
A Singer’s Guide to John Adams’ Opera “A Flowering Tree”, with a Focus on the Character of Kumudha (University of Illinois, 2016)The American composer John Adams has addressed global issues in many of his operas including Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic, and The Death of Klinghoffer, although they all feature Americans as main characters. His opera A ...
(University of Illinois, 2016)This study intends to examine Alfredo Casella’s musical style and social environment along with his personal style within the context of neo-classicism. Casella’s oeuvre can be divided into three periods. In the first ...
SIX-MALLET TECHNIQUE IN SELECTED MARIMBA SOLOS FROM 1998 TO 2011 BY BRUCE HAMILTON, ANDREW THOMAS, EVAN HAUSE, NOAH TAYLOR, MARCOS CABEZAZ, ROBERT PATERSON, AND PIUS CHEUNG (University of Illinois, 2015)This paper presents a detailed musical and technical examination of seven six-mallet marimba solo works. The author conducted interviews in person and via email with the seven composers in order to better understand their ...
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(University of Illinois, 2015)This essay offers an analysis of Augusta Read Thomas’s five solo violin works; Incantation (1995), Pulsar (2003), Rush (2004), Caprice (2005), and Dream Catcher (2008). As over ten years have passed between the first ...
HUBERT LAWS: THE INFLUENCE OF CLASSICAL TONE, AND TECHNIQUE ON IMPROVISATIONS FOR THE JAZZ FLUTIST AND WOODWIND SPECIALIST (University of Illinois, 2016)Many aspire to excellence in musical performance, yet few performers are able to achieve it, much less raise the standard of excellence. Hubert Laws is one of those rare performers who has been able to raise the level of ...