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2023-2024 Fifth Annual Alumni Concert: Jeffrey Adkins And A.W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts, A.W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts, Jeff Adkins Nov 2024

2023-2024 Fifth Annual Alumni Concert: Jeffrey Adkins And A.W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts, A.W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts, Jeff Adkins

Alumni Concerts

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Articulatory Activity Of The Tongue, Jaw, And Lips During The Second Passaggio Transition Of The Soprano Voice, Richard C. Lissemore Jun 2024

Articulatory Activity Of The Tongue, Jaw, And Lips During The Second Passaggio Transition Of The Soprano Voice, Richard C. Lissemore

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation describes three experiments designed to explore the acoustic and articulatory activity of a perceptible change in the soprano voice known as the secondo passaggio, or second transition, which typically occurs for the [ɑ] vowel between D♮5 (587 Hz) and F♮5 (698 Hz). Acoustically, the transition involves a shift in resonance strategy from second resonance tracking of the second harmonic (fR2/2fo) to first resonance tracking of the fundamental frequency (fR1/fo). To quantify the acoustics of the transition, we employed the measure L1-L2, the …


The Reciprocal Interaction Of Musical Performance And Analysis, Gregory Hartmann Jun 2024

The Reciprocal Interaction Of Musical Performance And Analysis, Gregory Hartmann

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Musicians can generally be divided into one of two kinds: practitioners who compose or perform music, and thinkers who analyze or write about music (theorists, musicologists, and critics). These roles might seem to be of approximately equal importance, so the perspectives of each should be given proportionate consideration. Yet the existing music-theoretical literature consistently relegates the performer to an inferior position. When performance is discussed, it is usually done in objective terms; an analysis is presented as a rationale to judge a performance as right or wrong. My dissertation challenges this perspective and provides an alternative. By marrying rigorous, theory-based …


Reimagining Haydn’S Seven Last Words For String Quartet: Recasting, Retelling, And Reorchestrating For A Modern Audience, Jeremy J. Kienbaum Jun 2024

Reimagining Haydn’S Seven Last Words For String Quartet: Recasting, Retelling, And Reorchestrating For A Modern Audience, Jeremy J. Kienbaum

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross stands as an anomaly not just in Haydn’s oeuvre but in the catalogues of all formidable composers over the past three hundred years. It is unique in its construction: seven slow sonata form movements sandwiched by an introduction and a surprising earthquake finale; and even more outstanding that Haydn published three distinct versions of the work over a ten-year period. Further, the transformation of the Seven Last Words from a sacred to secularly performed work in Haydn’s time warrants further discourse, especially considering its present-day performance practice and reception.

This …


Reconciling Macro- And Micro-Levels In The First Movement Of Brahms’S Piano Concerto In D Minor, Op. 15: A Schenkerian Reading, Alexandra Joan Jun 2024

Reconciling Macro- And Micro-Levels In The First Movement Of Brahms’S Piano Concerto In D Minor, Op. 15: A Schenkerian Reading, Alexandra Joan

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation examines the first movement of Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 15, through a Schenkerian lens. Concertos are relatively unexplored in Heinrich Schenker’s theoretical work. Surprisingly, although Schenker put Brahms on a pedestal throughout his life, he left only a few published analyses of the composer’s music.

Chapter 1 explores the kinship between Schenker and Brahms. Both conceived of the musical work as an organic entity. They also shared an approach to the tonal language based on an eighteenth-century tradition of figured bass and counterpoint. Op. 15 also exhibits an approach to musical form grounded in the …


Vibrato Rate And Extent In The Baritone Voice Through The Twentieth And Early Twenty-First Century, Scott Purcell May 2024

Vibrato Rate And Extent In The Baritone Voice Through The Twentieth And Early Twenty-First Century, Scott Purcell

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Observations of vibrato rate and extent through the twentieth and early twenty-first century point to an overall decrease in rate and increase in extent. This descriptive analysis studied fifty-five randomly selected recordings of professional operatic baritones, five from each decade from 1910 to 2021, and analyzed their vibrato rate and extent with VoceVista Video Pro. Results showed a consistent decrease in mean vibrato rate from 1910 to 1960, with small increases and decreases from 1960-2021. Vibrato extent was less consistent, but still increased from 1910-2021. The mean vibrato rate was 5.84 Herz (Hz), with a coefficient of variation (CV) of …


An Analysis Of The Musical Gestures In Osvaldo Golijov’S The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind And Their Relationship To The Kabbalah Sefirot, Jeremy Gdaniec May 2024

An Analysis Of The Musical Gestures In Osvaldo Golijov’S The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind And Their Relationship To The Kabbalah Sefirot, Jeremy Gdaniec

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Osvlado Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, scored for klezmer clarinet and string quartet, remains one of his most influential works since its premier in 1994. Inspiration for the work came from the writings of Rabbi Isaac the Blind, a prominent 13th century figurehead in the branch of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah. In Kabbalah, symbols known as the sefirot are emanations of creation and the key to unlocking the divine secrets of the God-head. The analysis presented in this document combines musical gesture theory with Kabbalistic concepts for new perspectives on Golijov’s …


With Love, ; An Interdisciplinary And Intersectional Look At Why Creativity Is Essential, Theo Starr Gardner May 2024

With Love, ; An Interdisciplinary And Intersectional Look At Why Creativity Is Essential, Theo Starr Gardner

Whittier Scholars Program

My Whittier Scholars Program self-designed major, Teaching Creativity, is a mixture of Art, Literature, and Education classes. My research and praxis classes have been focused on the ‘how?’s and 'why?’s of creativity, so it felt only right that my project should be a constructivist, generative project. The project I have been working on throughout my time at Whittier, and that has just fully come to fruition on April 11th, 2024, was a solo art gallery/open mic event entitled ‘With Love,’. With Love, was conceptually inspired by the research I’ve conducted on creativity and creative arts education over the past few …


J. S. Bach's Use Of The Oboe Family In His Cantata Works, Benjamin Newman May 2024

J. S. Bach's Use Of The Oboe Family In His Cantata Works, Benjamin Newman

Senior Honors Theses

J.S. Bach used more idiomatic practices for the oboe family in his vocal works. Bach combined his own musical inspirations with the practices used by other composers, giving the oboe a greater variety in its orchestral roles. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate Bach’s use of the oboe family in some of his cantatas and vocal works. This thesis provides an overview of the historical context of Bach’s works for oboe, a brief biography of the composer, information about the development of the oboe family, and relevant musical analyses featuring the oboe family from selected Bach works. An …


Performing Original Arrangements Of Jazz Repertoire, Spencer M. Mackey May 2024

Performing Original Arrangements Of Jazz Repertoire, Spencer M. Mackey

Honors Capstones

My goal with this Capstone project was to encapsulate my four years of music and jazz education at Northern Illinois University into a senior recital. I picked repertoire that spanned my whole college career and decided to arrange for jazz combo settings which is something I enjoy doing a lot. Arranging is an important concept in jazz music. My research for this project took a relatively simple approach; I listened to jazz music. Specifically, I listened to multiple versions of the tunes on my recital, compositions by the composers I was featuring on my recital, and other various recordings that …


Exploring The Bass Trombone, Liam Kantzler May 2024

Exploring The Bass Trombone, Liam Kantzler

Honors Capstones

The purpose of the capstone is to provide a performance on the bass trombone that explores many different styles of music. I will use different techniques to evoke many different styles, as well as performing pieces outside of the standard repertoire, and some that aren't written for the instrument. The process for this capstone began long before the project began, although the preparation for the performance included daily practice and study of each of the pieces. Many rehearsals were put together, including music for chamber music portions and a few to put solo parts with piano accompaniment. The performance itself …


2023-2024 Performance Forum - May 3, 2024, William Penn, Paola Garcia, Julian Rauh, Ethan Sanchez, Pablo Camacho, Clarece Lamarr, Nia Morgan, Peter Pao, Yance Zheng May 2024

2023-2024 Performance Forum - May 3, 2024, William Penn, Paola Garcia, Julian Rauh, Ethan Sanchez, Pablo Camacho, Clarece Lamarr, Nia Morgan, Peter Pao, Yance Zheng

Performance Forum

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2023-2024 The Class Of 2024 In Concert, Kenton Campbell, Sheng Yuan Kuan, Aneliya Novikova, Clair Ives, Clarece Lamarr, Amelia Dixon, Fabiola Parra, Yance Zheng, Angela Fiedler, Yu-Hsuan Feng, Jafet Diaz, Niloufar Mirzanabi Khani, Jon Cruz, Kari Jenks, Noah Suarez, Kyle Mechmet, Nataniel Farrar, Graydon Howard May 2024

2023-2024 The Class Of 2024 In Concert, Kenton Campbell, Sheng Yuan Kuan, Aneliya Novikova, Clair Ives, Clarece Lamarr, Amelia Dixon, Fabiola Parra, Yance Zheng, Angela Fiedler, Yu-Hsuan Feng, Jafet Diaz, Niloufar Mirzanabi Khani, Jon Cruz, Kari Jenks, Noah Suarez, Kyle Mechmet, Nataniel Farrar, Graydon Howard

Other Student Recitals

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Eliciting A Syncopated Response From An Ensemble, Thomas Trautman May 2024

Eliciting A Syncopated Response From An Ensemble, Thomas Trautman

Dissertations

This dissertation began the process of aggregating available knowledge on the subject of eliciting a syncopated response from a musical ensemble from professors of conducting and conducting textbooks, searching for commonalities, and distilling them into several independent variables which can then be quantitatively tested in an experimental or quasi-experimental setting in future research.

Participants (n = 11) were Directors of Choral Activities, or any other job title with similar responsibilities, at universities which confer doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting. Each participant was required to have a different educational background than every other participant. Participants were given 15 examples of …


Einstein's Dream By Cindy Mctee: An Analysis And Transcription For Wind Ensemble, Kyle Aufderhar May 2024

Einstein's Dream By Cindy Mctee: An Analysis And Transcription For Wind Ensemble, Kyle Aufderhar

Dissertations

Cindy McTee’s 2005 composition for strings, percussion, and computer music is an exploration in pluralism, combining newly composed music and computer-synthesized sounds with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Ives. McTee’s initial use of Bach’s music comprises the complete harmonization of the chorale “Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott.” In later sections of the work, McTee creates entire textures from the chorale’s soprano line, subjecting it to a variety of treatments including augmentation, diminution, inversion, retrograde, and retrograde inversion. In addition to the inclusion of his music, McTee reiterates the importance of Bach through composition that relies on …


Camp À La Campagne: Francis Poulenc’S Les Animaux Modèles, C.J. Everett May 2024

Camp À La Campagne: Francis Poulenc’S Les Animaux Modèles, C.J. Everett

Dissertations

Francis Poulenc’s ballet Les Animaux modèles [The model animals] premiered in 1942 at the Paris Opéra during the German occupation of Paris to favorable reviews from prominent voices in the Parisian musical scene. Set in the French countryside (la campagne) in the seventeenth century, the ballet is a seemingly honest depiction of quaint rural life. To create the short vignettes that comprise the work, Poulenc (1899–1963) adapted well-known fables of the poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621–95). Existing discussions of Les Animaux modèles primarily focus on the ballet’s conception during World War II and the political implications of …


J.S. Bach's Application Of The Baroque Violin Concerto In His Violin Concerti In A Minor, Bwv 1041 And E Major, Bwv 1042, Stephanie Krell Apr 2024

J.S. Bach's Application Of The Baroque Violin Concerto In His Violin Concerti In A Minor, Bwv 1041 And E Major, Bwv 1042, Stephanie Krell

Graduate Review

Concerti from the Baroque to contemporary times stand as one of the pillars of the violin repertoire. The form initially developed in the 1600s as composers experimented with groups of performers. It became increasingly standardized in the early 1700s, with the violin concerto advancing as a favored application. Several Baroque composers contributed characteristics that were absorbed into the violin concerti of the period, including Arcangelo Correlli, Giuseppe Torelli and Antonio Vivaldi.

Johann Sebastian Bach analyzed the traits of violin concerti from earlier and contemporaneous composers, incorporating certain features while modifying others in his own works. This may be observed in …


French Music By An Italian Count: A Survey Of Selected Recordings Of Ludovico Roncalli, Ellwood Colahan Apr 2024

French Music By An Italian Count: A Survey Of Selected Recordings Of Ludovico Roncalli, Ellwood Colahan

Soundboard Scholar

No abstract provided.


2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Jafet Diaz (Trumpet), Jafet Diaz, Yu-Hsuan Feng Apr 2024

2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Jafet Diaz (Trumpet), Jafet Diaz, Yu-Hsuan Feng

Master of Music Recitals

No abstract provided.


Guitar Etudes In The Lisztian Vein: Zanon Plays Mignone’S Twelve Etudes, Diogo Alvarez Apr 2024

Guitar Etudes In The Lisztian Vein: Zanon Plays Mignone’S Twelve Etudes, Diogo Alvarez

Soundboard Scholar

Diogo Alvarez reviews Fabio Zanon's recording of Mignone's 12 Etudes and other works, with commentary on the music and the composer.


2023-2024 Junior Recital - Matt Montelione (Trumpet), Matthew Montelione, Brenda Lorenzo, Julian Rauh, Jeremiah Grace, Aidan Quintana Apr 2024

2023-2024 Junior Recital - Matt Montelione (Trumpet), Matthew Montelione, Brenda Lorenzo, Julian Rauh, Jeremiah Grace, Aidan Quintana

Junior and Senior Recitals

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2023-2024 Performance Forum - April 26, 2024, Clair Ives, Paola Garcia, Jenna Salliman, Emin Huseynov, Niloufar Mirzanabi Khani, Jon Cruz, Sol Ochoa Castro, Yilian Concepcion, Laura Gonzalez, Rachel Miner, Sheng Yuan Kuan Apr 2024

2023-2024 Performance Forum - April 26, 2024, Clair Ives, Paola Garcia, Jenna Salliman, Emin Huseynov, Niloufar Mirzanabi Khani, Jon Cruz, Sol Ochoa Castro, Yilian Concepcion, Laura Gonzalez, Rachel Miner, Sheng Yuan Kuan

Performance Forum

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2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Angela Fiedler (Violin), Angela Fiedler, Yu-Hsuan Feng Apr 2024

2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Angela Fiedler (Violin), Angela Fiedler, Yu-Hsuan Feng

Master of Music Recitals

No abstract provided.


2023-2024 Junior Recital - Jeremiah Grace (Percussion), Jeremiah Grace, Steven Halpner, Jose Ignacio Diaz, Brenda Lorenzo Apr 2024

2023-2024 Junior Recital - Jeremiah Grace (Percussion), Jeremiah Grace, Steven Halpner, Jose Ignacio Diaz, Brenda Lorenzo

Junior and Senior Recitals

No abstract provided.


2023-2024 Junior Recital - Jaewon Baek (Cello), Jaewon Baek, Sheng Yuan Kuan Apr 2024

2023-2024 Junior Recital - Jaewon Baek (Cello), Jaewon Baek, Sheng Yuan Kuan

Junior and Senior Recitals

No abstract provided.


2023-2024 Junior Recital - Baran Zolfaghari (French Horn), Baran Zolfaghari, Sheng Yuan Kuan Apr 2024

2023-2024 Junior Recital - Baran Zolfaghari (French Horn), Baran Zolfaghari, Sheng Yuan Kuan

Junior and Senior Recitals

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Compositional Practices In The Accompaniment Of Celtic Trad Music, Mason Taylor Apr 2024

Compositional Practices In The Accompaniment Of Celtic Trad Music, Mason Taylor

Composition/Recording Projects

n this research paper, I look at how traditional Irish folk musicians—“Trad” as it is commonly referred to by musicians in the style––approach, think of, and perform accompaniment, specifically the contrapuntal style that is common amongst mandolin and bouzouki players. Trad has evolved greatly over the years. Originally, Trad was performed without any form of accompaniment—no guitar, no piano, no cello. Many solo instruments, such as the flute and the fiddle, would play the same melody with the only harmony occurring at moments where performers would momentarily diverge from the melody with an improvised ornament. Somewhere along its varied history, …


2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Isaiah Obey (Flute), Isaiah Obey, Sheng Yuan Kuan Apr 2024

2023-2024 Master Of Music Recital - Isaiah Obey (Flute), Isaiah Obey, Sheng Yuan Kuan

Master of Music Recitals

No abstract provided.


Aardvark: A Solo Guitar Album, Jeffrey W. Buchanan Apr 2024

Aardvark: A Solo Guitar Album, Jeffrey W. Buchanan

Composition/Recording Projects

In this production paper, I discuss the entire process of creating my debut solo guitar album, Aardvark. There are ten songs on the albums, eight of which are originals and two of which are arrangements of existing music for solo guitar. Each chapter focuses on a specific song and dissects all elements that went into its creation, including the composition process, the type of guitar used, theoretical analyses, and any technical roadblocks I had to overcome. Several of my influences for the music on this album include Ted Greene, Bill Evans, Francisco Tárrega, Dream Theater, and music from the video …


2023-2024 Ppc Recital - Lauren Washburn (Clarinet), Lauren Washburn, Brenda Lorenzo Apr 2024

2023-2024 Ppc Recital - Lauren Washburn (Clarinet), Lauren Washburn, Brenda Lorenzo

PPC/PSDP Recitals

No abstract provided.