An Analysis of Form and Tonality in Arnold Cooke's Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957)

An Analysis of Form and Tonality in Arnold Cooke's Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957)

Date: May 2008
Creator: Polk, Kristin Marie
Description: Arnold Cooke composed many works for oboe including two sonatas, a concerto and several pieces for chamber ensembles; however, his works are rarely performed. Through the analysis of form and tonality in his first oboe sonata, Cooke's musical style and influences become apparent. His musical style was primarily influenced by his teacher, Paul Hindemith, and can be characterized by traditional forms with the contemporary use of quartal harmonies and a variety of tertian sonorities. Cooke wrote music that is accessible for performers and audience members, and one way he achieved this accessibility is through the repetition of melodic ideas. In addition to exact melodic repetition, he also unified his works through fugue-like passages and sequences. Although he lived during a time of experimentation by many composers, Cooke maintained conservative elements in his music that he learned through his studies at Cambridge and through his studies with Hindemith. His first oboe sonata is tonal although he varied modes and used chromatic harmonies throughout. Cooke's clear writing and unique sound in his Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1957) provide oboists a solo piece for the repertoire that demonstrates a modern approach to the traditional style of composition.
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James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado And The Musical Traditions Of The Penitentes

James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado And The Musical Traditions Of The Penitentes

Date: December 2011
Creator: Weidman-Winter, Rebecca
Description: This dissertation explores the musical traditions of the Penitentes of New Mexico and how these traditions influenced James (Santa Fe) Galloway’s Alabado for soprano, alto flute, and piano. Due to geographical isolation and religious seclusion the music of the Penitential Brotherhood is not well known outside of these New Mexican communities. The focus of this study, as pertaining to the music of the Penitentes, is the alabado “Por el rastro de la cruz,” and the pito, a handmade wooden flute. Included in this paper are transcriptions of pito melodies performed by Vicente Padilla, Cleofes Vigil, Emilio Ortiz, and Reginald Fisher, which have been transcribed by John Donald Robb, William R. Fisher, Reginald Fisher, and Rebecca Weidman-Winter. Few resources are available on Galloway or Alabado, an unpublished work, yet the popularity of this piece is apparent from the regular performances at the National Flute Association Conventions and by flutists throughout the United States. This paper represents a significant contribution to the study of Alabado, the composer, and how this composition reflects the music, history, and people of New Mexico.
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The Comparative Analysis of Slovakian Folk Elements From Béla Bartók’s for Children in Paul Schoenfield’s Slovakian Children’s Songs

The Comparative Analysis of Slovakian Folk Elements From Béla Bartók’s for Children in Paul Schoenfield’s Slovakian Children’s Songs

Date: August 2015
Creator: Son, Kristyn Hyun
Description: Paul Schoenfield’s Slovakian Children’s Songs for flute and piano is a unique work in the flute repertoire, incorporating Slovakian folk quotes from Béla Bartók’s For Children (Volume II, Based on Slovakian Folk Tunes) with layers of Slovakian folk elements used in the overall texture. The primary objective of this dissertation is to expand the limited resources available to flutists regarding Slovakian Children’s Songs. Detailed comparative analysis will demonstrate both Paul Schoenfield’s use of Slovakian folk tunes in the piece and his compositional style. In addition, this dissertation will develop the performer’s understanding of the work through background information, comparative analysis, and interviews to encourage insightful and informed performance. The dissertation’s purpose will be achieved through examining 1) the life, historical, and musical background of Paul Schoenfield and Slovakian Children’s Songs, as well that of Béla Bartók and For Children, and 2) how Schoenfield quotes and arranges Bartók’s For Children by providing a comparative analysis. Interviews with both the composer and Carol Wincenc will be included in the dissertation along with performance suggestions received directly from Carol Wincenc in the appendix.
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Professor Han Xianguang and His Contribution to the Horn World

Professor Han Xianguang and His Contribution to the Horn World

Date: December 2015
Creator: Yeoh, Li Zhi
Description: This dissertation verifies Professor Han, Xianguang as the most significant Chinese horn player and teacher in the twentieth century. He was the first Chinese horn player to win in an international horn competition and the first president of the China Horn Association. He was the premier performer of the only known Chinese horn concerto: Fantasy-Concerto <In Memory>, composed by Professor Shi Yongkang in 1962. Professor Han also served as a judge for many international horn solo and chamber music competitions, and was president of the first (2012), second (2013), and third (2014) CCOM (Central College of Music) International Horn Festivals in Beijing. This dissertation explores Professor Han’s professional and pedagogical contributions to the horn world. These contributions will, in turn, provide an overview of the evolution of the horn and horn playing in China. The horn, historically and musically an instrument of Western Europe, was transported to Asia by many horn players and teachers, with Professor Han the most significant figure in its evolution in China. During Professor Han’s 60-year teaching career, he developed a special pedagogical system. A number of his outstanding horn students, including two sons, eventually became principal hornists in orchestras throughout China, with a few hired ...
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Intraoral Pressure and Sound Pressure During Woodwind Performance

Intraoral Pressure and Sound Pressure During Woodwind Performance

Date: May 2016
Creator: Bowling, Micah
Description: For woodwind and brass performers, intraoral pressure is the measure of force exerted on the surface area of the oral cavity by the air transmitted from the lungs. This pressure is the combined effect of the volume of air forced into the oral cavity by the breathing apparatus and the resistance of the embouchure, reed opening, and instrument’s back pressure. Recent research by Michael Adduci shows that intraoral pressures during oboe performance can exceed capabilities for corresponding increases in sound output, suggesting a potentially hazardous situation for the development of soft tissue disorders in the throat and velopharyngeal insufficiencies. However, considering that oboe back pressure is perhaps the highest among the woodwind instruments, this problem may or may not occur in other woodwinds. There has been no research of this type for the other woodwind instruments. My study was completed to expand the current research by comparing intraoral pressure (IOP) and sound pressure when performing with a characteristic tone on oboe, clarinet, flute, bassoon, and saxophone. The expected results should show that, as sound pressure levels increase, intraoral pressure will also increase. The subjects, undergraduate and graduate music majors at the University of North Texas, performed a series of musical ...
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The Contemporary Bassoonist: Music for Interactive Electroacoustics and Bassoon

The Contemporary Bassoonist: Music for Interactive Electroacoustics and Bassoon

Date: May 2016
Creator: Masone, Jolene Karen
Description: As the bassoon has evolved over time, the music written for the instrument has evolved around it, and was many times the catalyst for its evolution. Bassoon music of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries has defined much of the curricula for bassoon studies, and has established how we consider and experience the bassoon. We experience, write, and consume music in vastly different ways than just a generation ago. Humans use technology for the most basic of tasks. Composers are using the technology of our generation to compose music that is a reflection of our time. This is a significant aspect of art music today, and bassoonists are barely participating in the creation of this new repertoire. Performance practice often considers only the musical score; interactive electronic music regularly goes beyond that. The combination of technological challenges and inexperience can make approaching electroacoustic music a daunting and inaccessible type of music for bassoonists. These issues require a different language to the performance practice: one that addresses music, amplification, computer software, hardware, the collaboration between performer and technology, and often the performer and composer. The author discusses problems that performers face when rehearsing and performing interactive electroacoustic works for bassoon, and ...
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The Concerto for Bassoon by Andrzej Panufnik:  Religion, Liberation, and Postmodernism

The Concerto for Bassoon by Andrzej Panufnik: Religion, Liberation, and Postmodernism

Date: May 2016
Creator: Ott, Janelle
Description: The Concerto for Bassoon by Andrzej Panufnik is a valuable addition to bassoon literature. It provides a rare opportunity for the bassoon soloist to perform a piece which is strongly programmatic. The purpose of this document is to examine the historical and theoretical context of the Concerto for Bassoon with special emphasis drawn to Panufnik's understanding of religion in connection with Polish national identity and the national struggle for democratic independence galvanized by the murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko in 1984. Panufnik's relationship with the Polish communist regime, both prior to and after his 1954 defection to England, is explored at length. Each of these aspects informed Panufnik's compositional approach and the expressive qualities inherent in the Concerto for Bassoon. The Concerto for Bassoon was commissioned by the Polanki Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was premiered by the Milwaukee Chamber Players, with Robert Thompson as the soloist. While Panufnik intended the piece to serve as a protest against the repression of the Soviet government in Poland, the U. S. context of the commission and premiere is also examined. Additionally, the original manuscript and subsequent piano reduction are compared. Although the Concerto for Bassoon has been subject to formal analysis by ...
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Music for Solo Bassoon and Bassoon Quartet by Pulitzer Prize Winners: A Guide to Performance

Music for Solo Bassoon and Bassoon Quartet by Pulitzer Prize Winners: A Guide to Performance

Date: May 2002
Creator: Worzbyt, Jason Walter
Description: The Pulitzer Prize in Music has been associated with excellence in American composition since 1943, when it first honored William Schuman for his Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song. In the years that followed, this award has recognized America's most eminent composers, placing many of their works in the standard orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Walter Piston and Elliott Carter are but a few of the composers who have been honored by this most prestigious award. Several of these Pulitzer Prize-winning composers have made significant contributions to the solo and chamber music repertories of the bassoon, an instrument that had a limited repertoire until the beginning of the twentieth century. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the fact that America's most honored composers have enlarged and enriched the repertoire of the solo bassoon and bassoon quartet. The works that will be discussed in this document include: Quartettino for Four Bassoons (1939) - William Schuman, Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon (1962) - George Perle, Canzonetta (1962) - John Harbison, Metamorphoses for Bassoon Solo (1991) - Leslie Bassett and &#8220;How like pellucid statues, Daddy. Or like a . . . an engine&#8221; (1994) ...
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The Musical Language of Joan Tower: An Energy Line Analysis of  Island Prelude for Oboe and Wind Quartet

The Musical Language of Joan Tower: An Energy Line Analysis of Island Prelude for Oboe and Wind Quartet

Date: December 2001
Creator: Shouha, Laura
Description: This dissertation provides an analysis of Island Prelude based on a method of analysis prescribed by the composer. The method, Energy Line Analysis, is essential to an enlightened performance. The content of this dissertation includes: biographical information, compositional influences, Joan Tower style periods, her works involving the oboe in a major role, and an Energy Line Analysis chart of Island Prelude. Island Prelude represents Joan Tower's musical language, the understanding of which is essential in an interpretation of her music.
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Faculty Recital: 2005-03-03 - Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon

Faculty Recital: 2005-03-03 - Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon

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Date: March 3, 2005
Creator: Reynolds, Kathleen
Description: Faculty recital performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Ensemble: 1999-03-03 - UNT Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Ensemble: 1999-03-03 - UNT Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

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Date: March 3, 1999
Creator: UNT Chamber Orchestra
Description: Concert performed at the UNT College of Music Winspear Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2013-02-10 - James Ryon, oboe and english horn; & Friends

Faculty Recital: 2013-02-10 - James Ryon, oboe and english horn; & Friends

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Date: February 10, 2013
Creator: Ryon, James
Description: Faculty recital presented at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Ensemble: 2004-04-07 - Ensembles from UNT Center for Chamber Music Study

Ensemble: 2004-04-07 - Ensembles from UNT Center for Chamber Music Study

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Date: April 7, 2004
Creator: Center Piano Trio
Description: Concert performed at UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Hall on April 7, 2004 at 8:00 pm.
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Ensemble: 2008-02-20 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

Ensemble: 2008-02-20 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

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Date: February 20, 2008
Creator: UNT Chamber Orchestra
Description: Concert presented at the UNT College of Music Winspear Performance Hall.
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Ensemble: 2002-10-31 - UNT Wind Symphony

Ensemble: 2002-10-31 - UNT Wind Symphony

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Date: October 31, 2002
Creator: UNT Wind Symphony
Description: Concert presented at Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
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Ensemble: 2008-09-24 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

Ensemble: 2008-09-24 - UNT Chamber Orchestra

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Date: September 24, 2008
Creator: UNT Chamber Orchestra
Description: Concert presented at the UNT College of Music Winspear Performance Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2010-10-01 - Woodwind Faculty & Friends

Faculty Recital: 2010-10-01 - Woodwind Faculty & Friends

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Date: October 1, 2010
Creator: Woodwind Faculty & Friends
Description: A faculty and guest artist recital performed at the UNT College of Music Voertman Hall.
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Ensemble: 1998-11-16 - Woodwind Faculty Recital

Ensemble: 1998-11-16 - Woodwind Faculty Recital

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Date: November 16, 1998
Creator: Woodwind Faculty
Description: A faculty chamber music recital performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2003-03-03 - Faculty Chamber Music Ensembles

Faculty Recital: 2003-03-03 - Faculty Chamber Music Ensembles

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Date: March 3, 2003
Creator: Faculty Chamber Music Ensembles
Description: A faculty and guest artist recital performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2004-10-19 - Eric Nestler, alto and tenor saxophones, and Friends

Faculty Recital: 2004-10-19 - Eric Nestler, alto and tenor saxophones, and Friends

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Date: October 19, 2004
Creator: Nestler, Eric
Description: Recital performed at UNT College of Music Concert Hall on October 19, 2004 at 8:00 pm.
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Faculty Recital: 2009-03-09 - William Scharnberg

Faculty Recital: 2009-03-09 - William Scharnberg

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Date: March 9, 2009
Creator: Scharnberg, William
Description: A faculty recital performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2009-02-03 - Mary Karen Clardy et all

Faculty Recital: 2009-02-03 - Mary Karen Clardy et all

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Date: February 3, 2009
Creator: Clardy, Mary Karen
Description: Winds with piano concert performed at the UNT College of Music Recital Hall.
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Ensemble: 2009-11-11 - UNT Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble: 2009-11-11 - UNT Symphony Orchestra

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Date: November 11, 2009
Creator: UNT Symphony Orchestra
Description: Symphony orchestra concert presented at the UNT College of Music Winspear Performance Hall.
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Faculty Recital: 2003-10-20 - Gustavo Romero, piano

Faculty Recital: 2003-10-20 - Gustavo Romero, piano

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Date: October 20, 2003
Creator: Romero, Gustavo
Description: Concert presented at the UNT College of Music Concert Hall.
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