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A Jamaican Voice: The Choral Music Of Noel Dexter, Desmond A. Moulton 2015 University of Southern Mississippi

A Jamaican Voice: The Choral Music Of Noel Dexter, Desmond A. Moulton

Dissertations

As we approach the twenty-first century, the world generally is moving away from the dominance of the European aesthetic towards a world music that owes much to the musical resources of the African-American tradition. Jamaica’s social and philosophical music belong mainly to that tradition, which includes the use of rhythms, and timbral and melodic resources that exist independently of harmony. Already in this century, Jamaicans have created two totally new music - Nyabinghi, which performs a philosophical function and Reggae, which performs a social function. The choral music of Noel Dexter is important because it is uniquely Jamaican/Caribbean in ...


Proportional Relationship In The Segmentation Masses Of Obrecht And Its Influence On Form And Structure, Ralph Jarzombek 2015 SelectedWorks

Proportional Relationship In The Segmentation Masses Of Obrecht And Its Influence On Form And Structure, Ralph Jarzombek

Ralph Jarzombek

Proportional relationships of simple numbers were commonly used in architecture during the Renaissance period. These proportional relationships were based on the primary musical consonances of the Greek musical system: the octave (2:1), fifth (3:2), and fourth (4:3). In a similar manner, Obrecht uses the proportional relationships created by periods of rest and the last notes of the cantus firmus segments. These proportional relationships are found in the same voice as the cantus firmus, and appear when the statements of the cantus firmus segments are absent. Together with the statements of the cantus firmus segments, these proportional relationships ...


The Ames Beat: Entering The Local Music Scene, Celeste Welshhons, Ryan Eiffert, Jonathan Laczniak, Meredith Kestel 2015 Iowa State University

The Ames Beat: Entering The Local Music Scene, Celeste Welshhons, Ryan Eiffert, Jonathan Laczniak, Meredith Kestel

Ethos

Becoming involved with the Ames music scene might sound a bit difficult at first, but if you simply go to a few shows around town, you may start networking and maybe even picking up band members before you know it. Nate Logsdon is the President of Maximum Ames Records, the co-founder of the Maximum Ames Music Festival and one of the co-owners of the Iowa Music Store. One of the other co-owners of the Iowa Music Store is Bryon Dudley, who is also one of the people in charge of Nova Labs, another Ames record label.


Lustmord Or Liebestod? Death In Ernst Krenek And Oskar Kokoschka's Orpheus Und Eurydike, Leo Harrington 2015 Oberlin College

Lustmord Or Liebestod? Death In Ernst Krenek And Oskar Kokoschka's Orpheus Und Eurydike, Leo Harrington

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

In 1923, Ernst Krenek composed an operatic setting of Orpheus und Eurydike, a drama by painter and occasional playwright Oskar Kokoschka. Because musicologists and opera houses alike have overlooked this work, credit afforded to Krenek for his role in Weimar modernity is often confined to the Zeitoper vein of 1920s European culture: the cosmopolitan, jazz-inspired, contemporary aesthetic of Krenek’s 1927 Jonny Spielt Auf. This article, the first English-language study devoted to Orpheus und Eurydike, explores Krenek’s contribution to another crucial facet of Weimar culture: the Austro-German identity crisis provoked by defeat in World War I and social upheaval ...


The Bayreuth Festspielhaus: The Metaphysical Manifestation Of Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Matthew Timmermans 2015 University of Ottawa

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus: The Metaphysical Manifestation Of Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Matthew Timmermans

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

This essay explores how the architectural design of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus effects the performance of Wagner’s later operas, specifically Der Ring des Nibelungen. Contrary to Wagner’s theoretical writings, which advocate equality among the various facets of operatic production (Gesamtkuntswerk), I argue that Wagner’s architectural design elevates music above these other art forms. The evidence lies within the unique architecture of the house, which Wagner constructed to realize his operatic vision. An old conception of Wagnerian performance advocated by Cosima Wagner—in interviews and letters—was consciously left by Richard Wagner. However, I juxtapose this with Daniel Barenboim ...


Anton Weidinger And The Emergence Of His Voice: The Keyed Trumpet, Jeremy W. Sexton 2015 Wake Forest University

Anton Weidinger And The Emergence Of His Voice: The Keyed Trumpet, Jeremy W. Sexton

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

This paper examines Anton Weidinger, the 18th- and early 19th-century keyed trumpet player for whom Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel composed their trumpet concerti. As the most successful of many attempts to chromaticize the trumpet in the late 18th century, during which the Baroque clarino style of trumpet-playing was waning, Weidinger’s keyed trumpet enjoyed a short-lived period of prominence from about 1800 to 1804, the period during which Weidinger premiered these two concerti. Subsequently, the keyed trumpet declined in popularity, and eventually it was replaced by the valve trumpet. Both concerti emphasize the chromatic ...


Harmonic Language In The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Nicholas Gervais 2015 Queen's University

Harmonic Language In The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Nicholas Gervais

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

This paper examines the work of Koji Kondo in the 1998 video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Using a variety of techniques of harmonic analysis, the paper examines the commonalities between teleportation pieces and presents a model to describe their organization. Concepts are drawn from the work of three authors for the harmonic analysis. William Caplin’s substitutions; Daniel Harrison’s fundamental bases; and, Dmitri Tymoczko’s parsimonious voice leading form the basis of the model for categorizing the teleportation pieces. In general, these pieces begin with some form of prolongation (often tonic); proceed to a subdominant ...


Sonic Stereotypes: Jazz And Racial Signification In American Film And Television Soundtracks, Kyle Jackson 2015 Western University

Sonic Stereotypes: Jazz And Racial Signification In American Film And Television Soundtracks, Kyle Jackson

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

This paper examines the use of jazz in contemporary American film and television soundtracks. Through processes of cultural signification, jazz music frequently maps racialized meaning onto the narrative. Often, a “black” jazz aesthetic signifies social and sexual deviance, while a “white” jazz aesthetic signifies elegance and high-culture. Such associations reinforce racial boundaries and essentialist stereotypes by perpetuating a dichotomy in which “blackness” figures as culturally dangerous (e.g. sexually deviant, unrestrained, threatening, and low-class) and “whiteness” as elite and culturally superior (e.g. civilized, educated, and high-class). To demonstrate this, the soundtracks of Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley ...


Less Is More, And More Is Less, More Or Less: The Historical Progression, Aesthetic Characteristics, And Physical Limitations Of Minimalism, Sam Boer 2015 King's University College

Less Is More, And More Is Less, More Or Less: The Historical Progression, Aesthetic Characteristics, And Physical Limitations Of Minimalism, Sam Boer

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

Since its emergence as an aesthetic category in the mid-twentieth century, minimalism has been contentious amongst scholars of all forms of art. It has been alternately celebrated, questioned, and condemned by not only its critics, but also the artists whose works have been given the historical title “minimalist.” This article explores the emergence of minimalist music, examining its relation to the earlier “avant-garde” works of John Cage and other eclectic influences, such as jazz and Eastern music. In doing so, this article attempts to establish a broad understanding of the elements integral to minimalist music, with a special focus on ...


Foreword And Front Matter, Nota Bene Editors-in-Chief 2015 Western University Canada

Foreword And Front Matter, Nota Bene Editors-In-Chief

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology

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A Collaborative Note: Colby Symphony Orchestra Is A True- And Unusual- Musical Community, Christina Dong 2015 Colby College

A Collaborative Note: Colby Symphony Orchestra Is A True- And Unusual- Musical Community, Christina Dong

Colby Magazine

After a final warm-up trill, the room quiets and conductor Stan Renard reaches for the baton. As the musicians watch him intently, he raises his arms, takes a breath, and delivers the opening cue. With that, Colby students and faculty, high schoolers, local amateurs, and seasoned professionals begin to play.


Lifting The Curtain: New Jersey Symphony Is Susan Stucker's Musical Home, Gerry Boyle 2015 Colby College

Lifting The Curtain: New Jersey Symphony Is Susan Stucker's Musical Home, Gerry Boyle

Colby Magazine

When as a sophomore Susan Stucker '89 agreed to manage the Colby Symphony Orchestra, she didn't know she was setting the course for her entire career.


Cruel And Usual, Cat Hope 2015 Edith Cowan University

Cruel And Usual, Cat Hope

Research Datasets

Cruel and Usual is a music composition for string quartet electronics. It is inspired by an article by the Al Jazeera news service that discusses the use of solitary confinement in US prisons as incarceration rates explode in the USA. In some cases, prisoners have remained in colitary for over 38 years., or may even be children, and the reasons for going in there are not always clear or legitimate. This kind of confinement is known as ‘no touch torture’.

Drone, glissandi and the trembling bass are features of this work, where the string players are sampled at certain small ...


Ruling The Market: How Venice Dominated The Early Music Printing World, Elizabeth M. Poore 2015 Cedarville University

Ruling The Market: How Venice Dominated The Early Music Printing World, Elizabeth M. Poore

Musical Offerings

This paper attempts to prove that Venice was the main geographical center of music printing and publishing from the 1300s to the late 1500s using several economic, legal, and cultural factors. The primary research method was examining secondary sources on music printing, publishing, and European and Venetian history.

From the 1300s to the late 1500s, Venetian commercial trade and activity, including book publishing, reached unheard of levels. Venice held a powerful position in the European economy and its merchants were able to leverage this to great advantage when the new technology of printing became available. The specialized business of music ...


He Started The Whole World Singing A Song, Brian R. Cates 2015 Cedarville University

He Started The Whole World Singing A Song, Brian R. Cates

Musical Offerings

Throughout history, music has moved people in powerful ways, so much so that, at times, it leaves them speechless. They realize that it is a song, full of notes and rhythms, yet at the same time, it makes them become profoundly aware that there is something more, humming just below the surface. My presentation seeks to enter into this music moment by asking why these types of moments even occur. Does music speak or communicate? If so, does it communicate something meaningful and significant? What is the mechanism by which music conveys this meaning? How can this meaning be articulated ...


Oral Transmission: A Marriage Of Music, Language, Tradition, And Culture, Emma E. Patterson 2015 Cedarville University

Oral Transmission: A Marriage Of Music, Language, Tradition, And Culture, Emma E. Patterson

Musical Offerings

There are a number of misunderstandings about ancient oral transmission that negatively affect the way musicians view music history but also the process of how music was and currently is conceived, recorded, and shared. A common misconception is that oral transmission of music is an ancient practice that occurred before written notation of music was developed. However, I seek to prove that there is a false dichotomy between oral transmission and written notation and I focus on the changing definition and importance of oral tradition. Firstly, I discuss the misconceptions of ancient oral transmission. Secondly, I examine the continuing development ...


Unleashing Music’S Hidden Blueprint: An Analysis Of Mathematical Symmetries Used In Music, Natalie Hoijer 2015 Illinois Wesleyan University

Unleashing Music’S Hidden Blueprint: An Analysis Of Mathematical Symmetries Used In Music, Natalie Hoijer

CrissCross

The history of the development of mathematics and the development of Western music unleashes fascinating connections between the two fields and illustrates their similarities and dependence on each other. The human brain’s logical functioning left side and creative functioning right side, as studied by psychobiologist Robert Sperry ("Whole Brain Development”) are bridged together in this project as mathematical patterns meld with the art of musical composition. These studies investigate mathematical patterns such as the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Mean; as they apply to the composition of concert music, in comparison to other mathematical symmetries used as compositional tools ...


Gender Discrimination In The Band World: A Case Study Of Three Female Band Directors, Kristin Coen-Mishlan 2015 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Gender Discrimination In The Band World: A Case Study Of Three Female Band Directors, Kristin Coen-Mishlan

Excellence in Performing Arts Research

This qualitative case study seeks to determine how gender has influenced the careers and experiences of three female high school band directors. The participants were at varying stages in their career: one early career, one mid-career, and one retired. Triangulation was obtained by collecting data from a questionnaire, personal interviews, and a focus group discussion. The questionnaire was used to obtain background information about the experiences of the participants. Information obtained in the questionnaire informed the design of the interview questions to probe participants to further discuss their experiences. Finally, the participants joined a focus group discussion and shared their ...


Vermeer Music Manuscript, Karen DeMol 2015 Dordt College

Vermeer Music Manuscript, Karen Demol

Faculty Work: Comprehensive List

Information about the gift of a page from a16th century illustrated music manuscript which was given to Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and housed in the John and Louise Hulst Library.


Taking Charge: Looking At Student Leadership In The High School Band Room, Darren S. LeBeau 2015 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Taking Charge: Looking At Student Leadership In The High School Band Room, Darren S. Lebeau

Excellence in Performing Arts Research

This qualitative action research case study examines the experiences of three band students in an American high school. The participants took leadership roles in a large performing ensemble. Their overall experience may be affected by this additional responsibility. To understand more about the role of leadership in the band room the following research questions were investigated: (1) How has student participation in a leadership role influenced his or her view of the band? (2) What are the influences that impact student participation in the band? (3) What are the implications for leadership roles in the band? Three individual students were ...


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