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 Decade: 1950-1959
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A Survey of the Musical Background of Representative Students at North Texas State College

A Survey of the Musical Background of Representative Students at North Texas State College

Date: August 1950
Creator: Clinton, Robert L.
Description: "The purpose of this thesis is to compare the musical background prior to college of one-hundred music majors and one-hundred non-music majors made up of students from each department." leaf 1
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Television in Education: a Survey of Current Practices and a Consideration of Its Applicability to the Field of Music

Television in Education: a Survey of Current Practices and a Consideration of Its Applicability to the Field of Music

Date: May 1950
Creator: Phillips, Hattie Lucile
Description: The use of television as an aid to music education is a relatively new and unexplored field. It is so new, in fact, that to undertake a study of what has been accomplished until the present may seem at first rather premature and unfruitful. It is my belief, however, that if television is to become the prominent factor in education that has been predicted, there is a definite need for a study of what has been done to date toward the development of this new medium. This will provide the background and foundation for further experiment and use. The study shall include, therefore, a brief history of television itself, general educational experiments in television, experiments in televised music education, problems involved in presenting musical television programs, and suggestions for the development of this newest of teaching aids.
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The Earliest Operas of Giuseppe Verdi with Emphasis Upon Ernani

The Earliest Operas of Giuseppe Verdi with Emphasis Upon Ernani

Date: August 1958
Creator: Johnson, Mary Jo, 1935-
Description: This thesis provides a brief history of opera as well as analysis of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi.
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A Report and Evaluation of a Graduate Internship in Music Education

A Report and Evaluation of a Graduate Internship in Music Education

Date: May 1950
Creator: Keel, Earl Tom
Description: Advanced courses, more or less related, resulting in a research problem and a thesis are the procedures for graduate work as prescribed and accepted in most fields of study. Is it worth while to try other and possibly less accepted procedures, and then attempt to evaluate the results? For example, would it be profitable for a prospective teacher to spend the major part of his graduate work in actual teaching, to have an opportunity to do intensive work over a long period of time in collaboration with an experienced teacher or supervisor, and to choose his graduate courses so as to relate them to the teaching being done? Is there justification in giving a graduate student the opportunity to try out in a laboratory the ideas gained from academic and professional training, to have further experiences in working with boys and girls, and to develop skills in working with students and other teachers? Would the personal and professional growth of the graduate student, from his related courses, his preparation and planning for the teaching job ahead, his experiences with his students, his adaptation of previous plans to meet the needs of the actual teaching situation, the assembling of materials as ...
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A Digest of Published Opinions About the Teaching of Music Reading in the Elementary School

A Digest of Published Opinions About the Teaching of Music Reading in the Elementary School

Date: June 1950
Creator: Hill, Frankie Jean
Description: Throughout the history of public school music in the United States, one of the problems which has continually been in the foreground is that of music reading, It is primarily a problem for the elementary school as that is the place where reading must begin in order for the children's interest and ability to be balanced. The elementary school is the focal point for the teaching of all skills and tools in learning. Certainly, reading is one of the major tools in the process of musical learning. In many cases the ability of the students to read music has been the basic criterion of the entire music program. Davison states that the aim and end of a large percentage of instruction has for so long been to train students to sing music at sight that it has grown to be a fetish. While such a standard as that is an over-emphasis of reading, most music educators will agree that the place of music reading in the elementary school is of utmost importance. The differences of opinions lie not so much in the goals to be reached as in the methods of reaching them. The purpose of this study is not ...
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A Critical Study of Three Violoncello Suites by J.S. Bach

A Critical Study of Three Violoncello Suites by J.S. Bach

Date: January 1950
Creator: Meacham, Marjorie
Description: This thesis is a critical study of three violoncello suites of Johann 8ebastian Bach from the performer's point of view. Its purpose is to determine the comparative differences and similarities of several well known editions including the Bach Gesellschaft edition and the Pablo Casals recording. It will explain a few of the many discrepancies and provide adequate reasons for given suggestions and preferences concerning dynamics, tempi, ornamentation, bowing styles, and other elements of performance. By stating a brief historical background of the evolution of the violoncello and the development of musical form and style, it is possible to conceive Bach's ideas and intentions as he wrote the collection of six suites.
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The Pedagogy of Brass Instruments at the College Level

The Pedagogy of Brass Instruments at the College Level

Date: June 1950
Creator: Jenkins, Merlin E.
Description: Mainly, the purpose of this work is to give the brass instrument player a more thorough understanding of how to improve the many factors which combine to make up his technique as a whole; also, to give the brass instrument player a more thorough understanding of the construction and history of his instrument, as well as a list of books which can be useful in developing specific phases of brass instrument playing. In other words, this book is intended to be a help to all brass instrument players who want to learn more about their instrument as well as to improve on it.
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A Transcription into Modern Notation of a Chansonnier (Fonds Francais 2245) of the Duke of Orleans, with Commentary and Concordance

A Transcription into Modern Notation of a Chansonnier (Fonds Francais 2245) of the Duke of Orleans, with Commentary and Concordance

Date: August 1955
Creator: Birmingham, Hugh Myers, 1929-
Description: Fonds Français 2245 is a fifteenth-century chansonnier of the Duke of Orleans which is property of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France. This thesis describes the document and provides commentary and transcriptions.
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The Early Piano Sonatas of Prokofiev

The Early Piano Sonatas of Prokofiev

Date: January 1955
Creator: Meeks, Ida Ledale
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to give a descriptive look at modern Russian music, specifically the early piano sonatas of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, with focus on style and style influences.
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Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann

Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann

Date: August 1957
Creator: Davidson, Hubert Neil
Description: The purpose of this work, an analysis of the song cycle Dichterliebe (Op. 48) by Robert Schumann, is to recognize the special features of the songs which will contribute to their understanding and musical interpretation and performance. The Dichterliebe was chosen as the composition to be analyzed because of its prominent position in the vocal literature of the Romantic period.
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An Analysis of William Walton's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

An Analysis of William Walton's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Date: January 1957
Creator: Pipkin, Robert Joseph
Description: The rhythmic analyses (derived from the rhythm tables of Chapter II) reveal: 1. Walton used rhythms sparingly. 2. Walton's rhythms constitute an evolutionary state of re-creation, i. e., Walton's rhythms are in empathy with each other. The harmonic analyses (derived from the harmonic fluctuation tables of Chapter II) reveal: 1. The most frequent chords of any classification occur in groups III and IV (chords of the highest tension). 2. The most frequent dissonant interval used is that of the major seventh.
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A Study of the Secular Music of the Major Composers at the Court of Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century

A Study of the Secular Music of the Major Composers at the Court of Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century

Date: January 1955
Creator: Couch, Reginald Leon
Description: The present work is intended to ascertain the most important stylistic developments of one major composer, Binchois, and several lesser composers: Grenon, Fontaine, Vide, Joye, Constans, Morton and Hayne. All of these musicians were employed by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (1420-1467), when he was one of the richest, most powerful and most respected of all the sovereigns of Europe.
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The Concert Arias of Mozart for the Bass and Tenor Voices

The Concert Arias of Mozart for the Bass and Tenor Voices

Date: August 1955
Creator: Smith, Charles Temple
Description: The concert arias of Mozart are probably among the least known works of this genius among composers, yet they represent no small part of his musical output and are scattered throughout every period of his life. He composed a total of fifty-seven in all, the first when he was only nine years old and the last one in the final year of his life. Mozart's fifty-seven concert arias are divided among the four voice groupings as follows: one for alto, eight for bass, ten for tenor and thirty-eight for soprano. Of these soprano arias one (K. 569)l is lost and two (K. 307 and K. 308) are merely ariettas on French texts. It is with the eighteen arias for normal male voice that this discussion will be primarily concerned; arias for the castrati voice will not be considered.
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The Accompanied Solo Song of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

The Accompanied Solo Song of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Date: August 1953
Creator: McCarty, Hurshelene Journey
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the changes and developments of the accompanied solo song throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including instrument usage and song types.
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The Nocturnes of Chopin

The Nocturnes of Chopin

Date: June 1957
Creator: Alexander, Monte Hill Davis
Description: John Field (1782-1837), an Irishman, was the first composer to use the French term "nocturne," and was the inventor of the nocturne for piano. It can be seen with a glance at the scores that the orchestral notturni by the eighteenth century composers were very different than what is generally thought of today as a nocturne. Field introduced the idea of the nocturne that has remained much the same since. Frederic Chopin enlarged and improved the genre invented by Field, but it was Field's originality that brought this type of piece to piano literature. Indeed, John Field is hardly remembered today except as the inventor of the nocturne for the piano and for his influence on Chopin's Nocturnes. For that alone musicians will remain indebted to him.
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Modality in Three of the Choral Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor, Five Tudor Portraits and Te Deum in E Minor

Modality in Three of the Choral Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor, Five Tudor Portraits and Te Deum in E Minor

Date: August 1957
Creator: McCain, Eula Louise
Description: To summarize in general the use of modes by Vaughan Williams, it could be said that the works that have been analyzed are characterized by frequent use of the traditional modes, but in a very free manner. The "Kyrie" of the Mass, "Pretty Bess," "Jolly Rutterkin" and Te Deum are confined somewhat closely to given modes, with some changes of mode, changes of tonality and use of altered chords. The "Gloria," "Credo," "Sanctus," "Osanna I," "Benedictus," "Osanna II" and "Agnus Dei" of the Mass, however, contain many striking chromaticisms. These chromaticisms are the result of use of many altered chords, a good deal of modulation and much combining of modes, often with startling cross-relations. The use of seventh chords in "Pretty Bess," "Jolly Rutterkin" and Te Deum further complicates the picture from that of the sixteenth century.
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The Origin and Development of the Clavier Dance Suite to J.S. Bach

The Origin and Development of the Clavier Dance Suite to J.S. Bach

Date: June 1957
Creator: Smith, George Lyndal
Description: A history of the evolution of dance music throughout time and the instruments used for each type of dance.
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A Comparative Study of Three Sonatas for Solo Brass Instruments and Piano by Paul Hindemith

A Comparative Study of Three Sonatas for Solo Brass Instruments and Piano by Paul Hindemith

Date: June 1957
Creator: Alley, Edward Lee
Description: In the years during the writing of The Craft of Musical Composition, and for the next few years afterwards, Hindemith was engaged in writing a solo sonata for each of the instruments of the orchestra. Muser states that this series of sonatas continues a definite policy of providing music for people who want to play music, and not merely to listen to it. The three sonatas for solo brass instruments and piano were written during this period. The sonatas, written for trumpet, horn, and trombone, were written in the following order: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano—1939; Sonata for Horn and Piano—1939; Sonata for Trombone and Piano—1941. These sonatas, being written rather closely together, should have certain stylistic characteristics in common, and there should also be certain features peculiar to each sonata. To study these sonatas and compare them with each other structurally and stylistically is the purpose of this work.
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A Survey of Musical Background and an Analysis of Mexican Piano Music 1928 to 1956

A Survey of Musical Background and an Analysis of Mexican Piano Music 1928 to 1956

Date: June 1957
Creator: Slight, Charlotte Frances
Description: The Revolution of 1910 in Mexico marked a great political and social upheaval. At the same time a recasting of Mexico's music occurred. Modern Mexican music is a unique combination of the influence inherited from Europe and the indigenous music of the country. This work attempts to trace the development of that combination. Chapter I gives a background of music in Mexico through Pre-Cortesian times, the colonial period and the operatic nineteenth century. Chapter II deals with the men who shaped present day music in Mexico. Chapter III is an analysis of selected twentieth century piano works. The analysis shows the tendencies of ten Mexican composers in their use of melody and rhythm. It includes a discussion of harmonic structure and tonality. The composers whose works were chosen for consideration in the analysis range from Manuel M. Ponce, considered the father of modern Mexican music, to Carlos Chavez, recognized as the outstanding exponent of music in Mexico today.
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The Analytical System of Hindemith and Schenker as Applied to Two Works of Arnold Schoenberg

The Analytical System of Hindemith and Schenker as Applied to Two Works of Arnold Schoenberg

Date: January 1956
Creator: Miron, Nathan (Nathan Ben)
Description: This thesis uses two different musical analytical systems, one of Heinrich Schenker and one of Paul Hindemith, to analyze tonality within "Die Gurre Lieder" and "Fourth String Quartet" by Arnold Schoenberg.
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An Appraisal of Six Series of Music Textbooks for Grades One, Two and Three

An Appraisal of Six Series of Music Textbooks for Grades One, Two and Three

Date: August 1953
Creator: Webb, Gladys H. (Gladys Heyser)
Description: The education program in America began with the self-contained classroom and is today gradually moving back to that concept. It is believed that more attention can be given to the interests, needs, and abilities of the pupil if he is allowed to remain in his home room with his teacher throughout the school day. This is especially true in the primary grades. In many cases the primary teachers have only the minimum requirement by law of six hours credit in music.9 Furthermore, it is known that many primary teachers have little or no supervision from a music specialist. It is with these facts in view that this tabulation is needed for aid in the appraisal and selection of textbooks available for the teaching of music in grades one, two and three.
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The Soprano Role in Handel's Operas

The Soprano Role in Handel's Operas

Date: January 1954
Creator: Weir, Ida Elizabeth
Description: The purpose of this study is to give some insight into the soprano role in Hgndel's operas in comparison to the other roles. From a total of forty operas written, thirty-eight have been published and will be considered in this thesis. There is a complete analysis of each soprano role, but only a few outstanding arias are discussed in detail. The study of the soprano role is preceded by a chapter on Handel's career, styles,and his operas today.
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The Organ Works of Healey Willan

The Organ Works of Healey Willan

Date: August 1957
Creator: Massingham, Robert Louis
Description: Although Willan is first and foremost a musician of the church, it is obvious that he has not cloistered himself in the organ and choir loft, as it were. As a composer he has written significantly in many fields, and as a teacher he has had a major influence in shaping the musical thought of a boundless number of Canadian musicians. As a musician of the church he has kept alive the great English traditions and made his own laudable and abundant contributions to church music practices. One of the first Canadian musicians of wide eminence, he has set an example worthy of the attention of younger Canadians who will contribute to the musical development of the nation.
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A Style Analysis of Three Representative Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin

A Style Analysis of Three Representative Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin

Date: January 1955
Creator: Bolster, Mary Anne
Description: Analysis of Sonatas no. 1, 4, and 10
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