Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:AN ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE GUIDE FOR THREE SAXOPHONE WORKS BY JOHN ANTHONY LENNON: DISTANCES WITHIN ME, AETERNA, AND ELYSIAN BRIDGES
Author(s):Chen, Pin-Hua
Advisor(s):Professor Erik Lund
Contributor(s):Professor Debra Richtmeyer; Professor William Kinderman; Associate Professor Linda R. Moorhouse
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Music
John
Anthony
Lennon
saxophone
analysis
distances
within
me
aeterna
elysian
bridges
Pin-Hua
Chen
Abstract:The American composer John Anthony Lennon (b. 1950) established his reputation in the saxophone community through his early works including Distances Within Me (1979) and the Symphonic Rhapsody (1984). He is an active and productive composer and still writing music for saxophone. This thesis provides an analysis along with a performance guide for three selected works: Distances Within Me for alto saxophone and piano (1979); aeterna for solo alto saxophone (1996); and Elysian Bridges for saxophone quartet (2011). The analyses focus on 1) the interval-classes and the principal sets used in each piece, and 2) a study of the motivic figures by which the formal structure of each work is defined. The musical character and emotional content (where feelings and emotion direct elements such as tempo and rhythm) is given consideration, and the performance guides are based on integrating the emotional content with the technical indications.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Chen, Pin-Hua. AN ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE GUIDE FOR THREE SAXOPHONE WORKS BY JOHN ANTHONY LENNON: DISTANCES WITHIN ME, AETERNA, AND ELYSIAN BRIDGES. Doctoral thesis submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90224
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-03


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