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 Department: School of Music
 Decade: 1940-1949
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An Analysis and Comparison of the Critical Works of Virgil Thomson and Olin Downes

An Analysis and Comparison of the Critical Works of Virgil Thomson and Olin Downes

Date: 1947
Creator: Teasley, Elizabeth Kincaid
Description: A study of the critical work of Virgil Thomson, critic for the New York Herald Tribune and of Olin Downes, music critic for the New York Times, will perhaps give a better understanding of how different emphasis on purposes may influence critical work. Each man wrote brief, journalistic reviews. They attended many of the same concerts; yet, their critical judgments differed in many respects.
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Devices for Teaching Creative Music in the Elementary Grades

Devices for Teaching Creative Music in the Elementary Grades

Date: 1947
Creator: Spearman, Leta Hooks
Description: The purpose of the creative approach in music education is to furnish the child with opportunities for originality of expression and for freedom and adventure. This thesis examines the goals and purposes of using creativity in music eduction.
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“In Old Mexico:” Suite for Solo Piano

“In Old Mexico:” Suite for Solo Piano

Date: May 1947
Creator: Robinson, Frances O.
Description: There is often difficulty in determining the most desirable medium to be used in the composition of music. After careful consideration, the writer chose the medium of piano to present the following musical composition. In the initial investigations, it appeared that the vocal idiom might provide a more suitable choice. However, piano teaching rather than work in the vocal field will probably consume a greater part of the writer's time in the future. The writing of a piano composition, then, appeared to be a justifiable decision.
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The Status and Administration of Student Dance Bands in Colleges and Universities in the United States

The Status and Administration of Student Dance Bands in Colleges and Universities in the United States

Date: May 1947
Creator: Johnson, James W. (James Winfred)
Description: Due to the increased importance of music in everyday life, the expanding enrollment in most colleges brought on by the return of war veterans, and the ever increasing popularity of dance music, more and more schools are incorporating dance bands as part of their musical program in connection with their recreation and college promotion activities. Since this is more or less a new development, it is of interest to all school administrators to see just what is being done in regard to dance music in the schools. Therefore, it is the purpose of this study to determine the extent and usage of popular dance bands in colleges at the present time, and to present certain problems which are apt to confront the administrator of such an organization.
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A Classification and Evaluation of Concert and Occasional Music for Junior High School Band

A Classification and Evaluation of Concert and Occasional Music for Junior High School Band

Date: June 1947
Creator: Graham, John Patrick, 1917-
Description: It is the purpose of this thesis to list and evaluate the published materials for junior high school band that the director may have a comprehensive knowledge of materials adapted to that level.
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An Instrumental Program Especially Suitable for the Goose Creek Independent School District

An Instrumental Program Especially Suitable for the Goose Creek Independent School District

Date: June 1947
Creator: Parker, Fred Sherman
Description: Within this document, the writer hopes to present a thorough study of the various methods and materials which are available for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced band classes of the Goose Creek Independent School District, Goose Creek, Texas, taking into consideration the organization of the school system as it exists at the present time.
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A Study of Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin

A Study of Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin

Date: July 1947
Creator: Henderson, Ruth, musician.
Description: Ravel' s "Tombeau de Couperin," a suite for piano, was published in 1918 by Durand. Its first performance was in the Salle Gaveau in Paris in April, 1919. Shortly afterwards Ravel scored four of the six movements of the piano suite for small orchestra, composed of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns in pairs, English horn, trumpet, harp, and strings, The new version was introduced in America in 1920. The four orchestrated movements, Prelude, Forlane, Menuet, and Rigaudon, have no programmatic content and the titles identify the forms used. "Le Tombeau de Couperin" is a souvenir of World War I. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a French soldier fallen in battle. The "Tombeau" form dates from the seventeenth century and is a musical "homage" to Francois Couperin, clavecinist of Louis XIV, and one of the great names of French music. "The separate movements, cast in eighteenth century dance forms often used by Qouperin have been described as "tonal wreaths," not too somber nor too profuse, laid with tenderness on an unforgotten tomb." This piece represents Ravel's extreme effort to express himself in the simplest possible manner. The music is subtly archaic; form, line and texture artfully suggest ...
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A Composite Analytical Index of Articles Appearing in Selected Periodicals, Issued Between July 1937 and June 1947: Concerning Playing Problems of Wind and String Instruments

A Composite Analytical Index of Articles Appearing in Selected Periodicals, Issued Between July 1937 and June 1947: Concerning Playing Problems of Wind and String Instruments

Date: August 1947
Creator: Gray, Byron E. (Byron Earl)
Description: For several decades since the rise of extensive instrumental music instruction, various music periodicals have devoted a certain amount of space to printing comments, suggestions, and other pedagogical material to aid the student in playing a particular instrument. The writer, in his belief in the value of this material, has chosen to make a survey of various periodicals and to catalog certain items as a reference guide to the location of significant articles.
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A Critical Compilation of Graded Band Material at High School Level

A Critical Compilation of Graded Band Material at High School Level

Date: August 1947
Creator: Sonnenburg, Eldon M. (Eldon Malcome)
Description: The instrumental composition of the band is an outgrowth of utilitarian improvisation. The well-developed percussion section, and the voluminous reed and brass sections are a carry-over from the Military, where the emphasis was on functional beating of time for marching. Mobility and volume sufficient for the accompaniment of troop movements were also necessary. Until recent times, the band existed only for functional matters, never as an independent and self-justifying medium with its purpose being a musical organization. Through the growth of military, professional, and school bands, the band of today has developed into a musical organization in its own right, which can perform almost anything in the technical range of composition.
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A Historical Survey of Psalm Settings from the Time of the Reformation Through Stravinsky's "Symphonie des Psaumes"

A Historical Survey of Psalm Settings from the Time of the Reformation Through Stravinsky's "Symphonie des Psaumes"

Date: August 1947
Creator: Williamson, Virginia Sue
Description: Though perhaps we shall never know the music to which these religious lyrics were written, the poems have never ceased to be the source of inspiration for the spirits of men since they were first sung. Each psalm seems to have an underlying purpose with a personal message for each reader. In the Book one can find a reply to every sort of question, for the Psalms are filled with expressions of emotion brought about by all human experience. The collection of these 150 songs or psalms makes up what is known as the Hebrew hymn-book or the Book of Psalms.
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Practical Approach to Protestant Church Music

Practical Approach to Protestant Church Music

Date: August 1947
Creator: Thompson, Doris Bain, 1918-
Description: The purpose of this study is to make the Protestant church workers more efficient in their use of music in religious work by giving them a clear conception of the kind of music to be used and by suggesting detailed plans and methods by which desirable results may be secured in the use of church music. Ideal standards have their place, but here it is proposed to be matter-of-fact, practical and concrete, and to secure immediate results with the average church member and choir singer as the final criterion in every phase of the work. The purpose is not to emphasize high ideals but to instruct and inspire all those who have leadership in the service of church music, that they may be able here to provide the greatest religious helpfulness that the use of music can bring the souls to whom they minister.
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The Structure of the Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas

The Structure of the Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas

Date: August 1947
Creator: Sloan, Kathleen, 1917-
Description: The following study deals with the structural elements of the six Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas, opus 65. The problem excludes stylistic considerations. The Mendelssohn organ works are the greatest that appeared from the time of J. S. Bach until the nineteenth century. The Sonatas "have long been accepted as 'classics' of the instrument." Of them Mendelssohn himself wrote in a letter to his publisher, "I attach much importance to these Sonatas." They have no formal predecessor and no formal counterpart in subsequent organ literature. Their structures are hybrid, contrasting, unique, and unconventional; yet, to the writer's knowledge, there is no material available which presents a thorough, scientific formal analysis. It is hoped that the following study will fill this need.
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A Study of Dissonance and Harmonic Tradition in the Fugues of the Ludus Tonalis by Paul Hindemith

A Study of Dissonance and Harmonic Tradition in the Fugues of the Ludus Tonalis by Paul Hindemith

Date: August 1947
Creator: Harvey, Otis Poe
Description: This study considers only one aspect of music of the twentieth century--that of dissonance. Through an analysis of harmonic tension in the twelve fugues of the "Ludus Tonalis" by Paul Hindemith, a two-fold significance is notable. First, consideration of the broad tendencies of modernism is necessary. second, with Hindemith as a chosen representative of certain aspects of the twentieth century style, the study attempts to show more specifically certain characteristics of the composer himself in the use and treatment of dissonance, one of the more technical features of style in modern music.
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Stylistic Analysis of the Chopin E Minor Concerto

Stylistic Analysis of the Chopin E Minor Concerto

Date: August 1947
Creator: Carmignani, Anna Marie
Description: Both of the Chopin concertos are the earliest of his works to be found in the ordinary piano repertoire, and they possess the direct influences and inherited traits of the composer. Since he did no more orchestral work after completing these two works, it is evident that he thought only in terms of pianistic expression. Probably one of the reasons for Chopin's ineffectiveness as an orchestral writer is due to his inability to conform to the classical form: sonata allegro. The e minor concerto is representative of his treatment of the larger forms. Analyzing the elements of an early work of the composer reveals the degree of maturity in individual traits. Elements of basic chord structure and use of harmony, melodic characteristics, and pianistic expression mark the style of a composer. This concerto demonstrates the beginning of chromatic harmony in his time and in his own writing; it contains melodic beauty and pianistic features which make it acceptable in standard concerto repertoire in spite of its many defects.
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Symbolism of Johann Sebastian Bach as Portrayed in the Passion According to St. Matthew

Symbolism of Johann Sebastian Bach as Portrayed in the Passion According to St. Matthew

Date: August 1947
Creator: McDonald, Wilson Glenn Bob
Description: The purpose of this study is to make an investigation of the musical score of "The Passion According to St. Matthew" with attention given to the pictorial elements or symbolism in the composition. The study is confined mainly to the one composition, but attention is given to the historical background of the work, and examples of the pictorial technique of sacred music as it had been developed in the Netherlands.
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The Early English Ballad and Its Influence on Classical English Song

The Early English Ballad and Its Influence on Classical English Song

Date: June 1948
Creator: Richards, Evan Cater
Description: The English classical song is peculiarly native to Britain. It roots in the mystic elements of ballads and nature. It was the influence of the early English ballad, first spoken, then sung, then joined in the happy culmination of voice and melody to make a song that is immortal and unique in music.
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A Survey of Educational and Professional Background of Piano Teachers in the Colleges and Universities of the United States

A Survey of Educational and Professional Background of Piano Teachers in the Colleges and Universities of the United States

Date: June 1948
Creator: Childress, Frances
Description: The purpose of this survey is to determine the educational and professional status of piano teachers in the colleges and universities of the United States. This survey will attempt to evaluate the musical and educational background as well as the professional status of people engaged actively in the teaching profession today.
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A Comparison of Early and Modern Musical Settings of Eleven Shakespearian Lyrics

A Comparison of Early and Modern Musical Settings of Eleven Shakespearian Lyrics

Date: August 1948
Creator: Highsmith, Gwendolyn Conover
Description: The object of this paper is to effect a comparison between the early Shakespearean songs and their more recent settings and to discuss in detail differences in style and technique, with emphasis upon textual and melodic characteristics.
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A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

Date: August 1948
Creator: Thompson, George S. (George Sidney)
Description: The problem of this study is to present a course in keyboard harmony based on the recitative style and figured bass of great works of music which can be used in the teaching of beginning and advanced college music theory.
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A Course of Study in Music Education for the Elementary Education Major

A Course of Study in Music Education for the Elementary Education Major

Date: August 1948
Creator: Mewborn, Mary Beth
Description: Since the music requirement does rest with the teacher training institutions, the elementary education major is required, in most colleges and universities, to take six hours of music education. My problem is to develop an adequate course of study in music education to fit the musical needs of the elementary education major which will prepare her as well as possible in the allotted six hours to teach music in a classroom aided or unaided by supervision
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Five Year Band Program for Vanderbilt School

Five Year Band Program for Vanderbilt School

Date: August 1948
Creator: Reves, Wayman Aubrey
Description: The public school of Vanderbilt, Texas is in the process of building a band. The steady growth of the band will depend upon a long-range planning program. It is the band director's aim to set up such a long-range plan to cover the five years from the 1947 school year and including the 1952 school year. The following chapters will cover most of the phases of the band's work, and that of the director's work, and his relation to the band and the community.
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A Historical and Stylistic Analysis of the Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2 in D Minor of Beethoven

A Historical and Stylistic Analysis of the Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2 in D Minor of Beethoven

Date: August 1948
Creator: Craw, H. Allen
Description: The purpose of this paper is to give a historical and stylistic analysis of the Sonata, Op.31, No.2 in D minor of Beethoven. The historical background of Beethoven, the time period the sonata was written, and the influence that the piano of the time had on the sonata is first discussed. The author then discusses the general aspects of Beethoven's style followed by a detailed analysis of the sonata.
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A Study of the J.S. Bach Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother

A Study of the J.S. Bach Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother

Date: August 1948
Creator: Kelver, George E.
Description: The purpose of this study is to present a brief history of the work, a discussion of the ornamentation which occurs therein and suggestions for the performance of the ornaments, an analysis covering especially the characteristics of each movement in regard to form and style and inasmuch as possible to show the influence of this early work on the later compositions of J. S. Bach.
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Stylistic Evolution of the Motet Through the Sixteenth Century with Emphasis on the Style of Palestrina

Stylistic Evolution of the Motet Through the Sixteenth Century with Emphasis on the Style of Palestrina

Date: August 1948
Creator: Cornelius, Merl V.
Description: The mass and the motet are the most important musical components of the Catholic liturgy. The development of vocal polyphony in the Medieval Period culminated in the perfection of these forms in the sixteenth century. The purpose of this thesis is to give an account of the development of religious monody and polyphony that led to the inception of the motet in the early part of the thirteenth century; to show the development of the motet through the sixteenth century; to give a more detailed analysis of the style of Palestrina; and to emphasize the analysis with a stylistic examination of a Palestrina motet.
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